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Be passersby.
Jesus (The Gospel of Thomas - Saying 42)
My sole occupation is love.
John of the Cross (Spiritual Canticle of the Soul and the Bridegroom, 1586)
Divinity is aimed at humanity.
Hildegard of Bingen (Quoted in Meditations with Hildegard of Bingen, 1983)
God is equally near in all creatures.
Meister Eckhart (Sermons - The Nearness of the Kingdom)
Prayer is an ascent of the spirit to God.
Evagrius Ponticus (The Praktikos - 35)
We are all strings in the concert of God's joy.
Jakob Böhme (Confessions - Chapter 14)
God has many ways of drawing us to Himself.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 12th Letter)
Each grace faithfully received brought many others.
Thérèse of Lisieux (Story of My Soul - Chapter V: Vocation of Thérèse, 1897)
I welcome all the creatures of the world with grace.
Hildegard of Bingen (Quoted in Meditations with Hildegard of Bingen, 1983)
All things fail; but Thou, Lord of all, never failest!
St. Teresa of Avila
The whole Being of God is contained in God alone.
Meister Eckhart (Sermons - The Nearness of the Kingdom)
What you're looking for is where you're looking from.
St. Francis of Assisi

Simone Weil Quote: The beautiful is that which we cannot wish to change
The beautiful is that which we cannot wish to change.
Simone Weil (Gravity and Grace, 1942)
Blessed is the one who has arrived at infinite ignorance.
Evagrius Ponticus (The Praktikos - 120)
In the throne of silence are manifest the perfections of spiritual beauty.
Miguel de Molinos (The Spiritual Guide - Book 3: Chapter 21, 1675)
O Jesus, my Love, at last I have found my vocation. My vocation is love!
Thérèse of Lisieux (Story of a Soul - Chapter XI: A Canticle of Love, 1897)
We are kept all as securely in Love in woe as in weal, by the Goodness of God.
Julian of Norwich (Revelations of Divine Love: Chapter 1, c. 1395)
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.
Jesus (The Bible - John 14:6)
He who has learned to seek nothing but the will of God, shall always find what he seeks.
Jeanne Guyon (Spiritual Maxims - 53)
I, a mere female and fragile vessel, speak these things not from me but from a serene Light.
Hildegard of Bingen (Scivias)
The greater perfection a soul aspires after, the more dependent it is upon Divine Grace.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 4th Conversation)

Julian of Norwich Quote: He that made all things for love, by the same love keepeth them...
He that made all things for love, by the same love keepeth them, and shall keep them without end.
Julian of Norwich (Revelations of Divine Love: Chapter 8, c. 1395)
Since with all my soul I behold the face of my beloved, therefore all the beauty of his form is seen in me.
Gregory of Nyssa (Homilies on the Song of Songs)
If you could be silent from all willing and thinking for one hour, you would hear God's inexpressible words.
Jakob Böhme (The Way to Christ, 1622)
Tell me, what is that which is neither separated from God nor united to God, but which is inseparable from Him?
Jeanne Guyon (Spiritual Maxims - 56)
A human being is a vessel that God has built for himself and filled with his inspiration so that his works are perfected in it.
Hildegard of Bingen (Letter to Elisabeth of Schönau, 1152)
He who has a pure heart will never cease to pray; and he who will be constant in prayer, shall know what it is to have a pure heart.
Jeanne Guyon (Spiritual Maxims - 44)

Jacob Boehme Quote: When you move silently, then you are that which God was before nature and creature...
When you move silently, then you are that which God was before nature and creature, out of which He created your nature and creature.
Jakob Böhme (The Way to Christ, 1622)
It is only by the death of self that the soul can enter into Divine Truth, and understand in part what is the light that shineth in darkness.
Jeanne Guyon (Spiritual Maxims - 14)
Above all our thought should be empty, waiting, not seeking anything, but ready to receive in its naked truth the object that is to penetrate it.
Simone Weil (Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God, 1942)
The eye with which I see God is the same with which God sees me. My eye and God's eye is one eye, and one sight, and one knowledge, and one love.
Meister Eckhart (Sermons - True Hearing)
The love of gain, which is a large, incalculably large, element in every soul, when once applied to the desire for God, will bless the man who has it.
Gregory of Nyssa (On Virginity - Chapter 18)
When the soul, then, in any degree possesses the spirit of solitary love, we must not interfere with it... In a word, it is for this love that we are all created.
John of the Cross (Notes to the Stanza 28)
We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of GOD, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 4th Conversation)
However quietly we speak, He is so near that He will hear us: we need no wings to go in search of Him but have only to find a place where we can be alone and look upon Him present within us.
St. Teresa of Avila
That which is perfectly pure can not be anything else but God present down here. If it was something else than God, it would not be pure. If God was not present, we would never be saved.
Simone Weil (Gravity and Grace, 1942)

Mechthild of Magdeburg Quote: Do not fear your death. for when that moment arrives
Do not fear your death.
For when that moment arrives,I will draw my breath
and your soul will come to Me
like a needle to a magnet.
Mechthild of Magdeburg (The Flowing Light of the Godhead, 13th century)
God is nearer to us than our own Soul: for He is Ground in whom our Soul standeth, and He is Mean that keepeth the Substance and the Sense-nature together so that they shall never dispart.
Julian of Norwich (Revelations of Divine Love: Chapter 56, c. 1395)
It is the highest part of the attention only which makes contact with God, when prayer is intense and pure enough for such a contact to be established; but the whole attention is turned towards God.
Simone Weil (Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God, 1942)
As the eye naturally seeks the light and vision, and our body naturally desires food and drink, so our mind is possessed with a becoming and natural desire to become acquainted with the truth of God and the causes of things.
Origen (On First Principles - Book 2: Chapter 11)
The very pure spirit does not bother about the regard of others or human respect, but communes inwardly with God, alone and in solitude as to all forms, and with delightful tranquility, for the knowledge of God is received in divine silence.
John of the Cross (Sayings of Light and Love)
Therefore sanctification is the best of all things, for it cleanses the soul, and illuminates the conscience, and kindles the heart, and wakens the spirit, and girds up the loins, and glorifies virtue and separates us from creatures, and unites us with God.
Meister Eckhart (Sermons - Sanctification)
Finally, be of hope, suffer, be silent, and patient: let nothing affright thee: all of it will have an time to end: God only is he that is unchangeable: patience brings a man in every thing. He that hath God, hath all things; and he that hath him not, hath nothing.
Miguel de Molinos (The Spiritual Guide - Book 3: Chapter 8, 1675)
For me, prayer is an aspiration of the heart, it is a simple glance directed to heaven, it is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trial as well as joy; finally, it is something great, supernatural, which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus.
Thérèse of Lisieux (Story of a Soul - Chapter XI: A Canticle of Love, 1897)
I was answered in spiritual understanding, and it was said: What, do you wish to know your Lord’s meaning in this thing? Know it well, love was his meaning. Who reveals it to you? Love. What did he reveal you? Love. Why does he reveal it to you? For Love…. So I was taught that love is our Lord’s meaning.
Julian of Norwich (Revelations of Divine Love: Chapter 86, c. 1395)
The soul is satisfied now with nothing less than God. The pain is not bodily, but spiritual; though the body has its share in it, even a large one. It is a caressing of love so sweet which now takes place between the soul and God, that I pray God of his goodness to make him experience it who may think that I am lying.
St. Teresa of Avila
This truly is the vision of God: never to be satisfied in the desire to see him. But one must always, by looking at what he can see, rekindle his desire to see more. Thus, no limit would interrupt growth in the ascent to God, since no limit to the Good can be found nor is the increasing of desire for the Good brought to an end because it is satisfied.
Gregory of Nyssa (The Life of Moses)

Saint Teresa of Avila Quote: Let nothing disturb thee, let nothing dismay thee, all things...
Let nothing disturb thee;
Let nothing dismay thee:
All things pass;
God never changes.
Patience attains
All that it strives for.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing:
God alone suffice.
St. Teresa of Avila
A fish cannot drown in water,
A bird does not fall in air.
In the fire of creation,
gold does not vanish,
the fire brightens.
Each creature God made
must live in its own true nature,
how could I resist my nature,
that lives for oneness with God?
Mechthild of Magdeburg (The Flowing Light of the Godhead, 13th century)
The more that the soul receives of the Divine Nature, the more it grows like It, and the closer becomes its union with God. It may arrive at such an intimate union that God at last draws it to Himself altogether, so that there is no distinction left, in the soul's consciousness, between itself and God, though God still regards it as a creature.
Meister Eckhart (Sermons - The Self-Communication of God)
I, the fiery life of divine essence, am aflame beyond the beauty of the meadows. I gleam in the waters. I burn in the sun, moon, and stars. With every breeze, as with invisible life that contains everything, I awaken everything to life. I am the breeze that nurtures all things green. I encourage blossoms to flourish with ripening fruits. I am the rain coming from the dew that causes the grasses to laugh with the joy of life.
Hildegard of Bingen (Scivias, 1152)
The Transformation is recognized by the want of distinction between God and the Soul, it not being able any longer to separate itself from God; everything is equally God, because it has passed into its Original Source, is reunited to its ALL, and changed into Him. But it is enough for me to sketch the general outlines of what you desire to know; experience will teach you the rest, and having shown you what I ought to be to you, you may judge of what I am in our Lord.
Jeanne Guyon (Concise View of The Way To God; And of the State of Union)
I who am Divine am truly in you.
I can never be sundered from you:
However far we be parted,
never can we be separated.
I am in you and you are in Me.
We could not be any closer.
We two are fused into one,
poured into a single mould.
Thus, unwearied,
we shall remain
forever.
Mechthild of Magdeburg (The Flowing Light of the Godhead, 13th century)

Saint Francis of Assisi Quote: Most High, all powerful, good Lord, yours are the praises, the glory the honor and all the blessing, to you alone most high...
Most High, all powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honor,
and all blessing.
To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no man is worthy to mention Your name.
Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.
St. Francis of Assisi (The Canticle of the Sun, 13th century)
That is properly termed everlasting or eternal which neither had a beginning of existence, nor can ever cease to be what it is. And this is the idea conveyed by John when he says that God is light. Now His wisdom is the splendour of that light, not only in respect of its being light, but also of being everlasting light, so that His wisdom is eternal and everlasting splendour. If this be fully understood, it clearly shows that the existence of the Son is derived from the Father but not in time, nor from any other beginning, except, as we have said, from God Himself.
Origen (On First Principles - Book 1: Chapter 2)
There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with GOD: those only can comprehend it who practise and experience it; yet I do not advise you to do it from that motive; it is not pleasure which we ought to seek in this exercise; but let us do it from a principle of love, and because GOD would have us.
    Were I a preacher, I should above all other things preach the practice of the presence of GOD; and were I a director, I should advise all the world to do it: so necessary do I think it, and so easy too.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 5th Letter)
Keep constant, O blessed Soul, keep constant; for it will not be as thou imaginest, nor art thou at any time nearer to God, than in such cases of desertion; for although the Sun is hid in the Clouds, yet it changes not its place, nor a jot the more loses its brightness. The Lord permits this painful desertion in thy Soul, to purge and polish thee, to cleanse thee and dis-robe thee of thy self; and that thou mayest in this manner be all his, and give thy self wholly up to him, as his infinite Bounty is intirely given to thee, that thou mayest be his delight; for although thou dost groan, and lament, and weep, yet he is joyful and glad in the most secret and hidden place of thy Soul.
Miguel de Molinos (The Spiritual Guide - Book 3: Chapter 4, 1675)
A Christian is he who lives in Christ, and in whom Christ's power is active. He must feel the divine fire of love burn in his heart. This fire is the Spirit of Christ, who continually crushes the head of the serpent, meaning the desires of the flesh. The flesh is governed by the will of the world; but the spiritual fire in man is kindled by the Spirit. He who wants to become a Christian must not boast and say: 'I am a Christian!' but he should desire to become one, and prepare all the conditions necessary that the Christ may live in him. Such a Christian will perhaps be hated and persecuted by the nominal Christians of his time; but he must bear his cross, and thereby he will become strong.
Jakob Böhme
How wonderful
is the wisdom
in the God-head's heart.
It is the heart that sees
the primordial eternity
of every creature.
When God gazes upon the countenance
of humankind,
the face that he moulded,
he contemplates this creation
in its entirety,
its totality in this human form.
How wonderful is this breath then,
this breath that awakened humankind.
Hildegard of Bingen (Symphonia Caelestium)
Just as, in the case of the sunlight, on one who has never from the day of his birth seen it, all efforts at translating it into words are quite thrown away; you cannot make the splendour of the ray shine through his ears; in like manner, to see the beauty of the true and intellectual light, each man has need of eyes of his own; and he who by a gift of Divine inspiration can see it retains his ecstasy unexpressed in the depths of his consciousness; while he who sees it not cannot be made to know even the greatness of his loss. How should he? This good escapes his perception, and it cannot be represented to him; it is unspeakable, and cannot be delineated. We have not learned the peculiar language expressive of this beauty. … What words could be invented to show the greatness of this loss to him who suffers it?
Gregory of Nyssa (On Virginity - Chapter 10)
But I would not and I could not tell you all. Some things lose their fragrance when exposed to the air, and so, too, one's inmost thoughts cannot be translated into earthly words without instantly losing their deep and heavenly meaning. How sweet was the first embrace of Jesus! It was indeed an embrace of love. I felt that I was loved, and I said: "I love Thee, and I give myself to Thee for ever." Jesus asked nothing of me, and claimed no sacrifice; for a long time He and little Thérèse had known and understood one another. That day our meeting was more than simple recognition, it was perfect union. We were no longer two. Thérèse had disappeared like a drop of water lost in the immensity of the ocean; Jesus alone remained—He was the Master, the King! Had not Thérèse asked Him to take away her liberty which frightened her? She felt herself so weak and frail, that she wished to be for ever united to the Divine Strength.
Thérèse of Lisieux (Story of a Soul - Chapter IV: First Communion and Confirmation, 1897)
This divine knowledge of God never deals with particular things. This sublime knowledge can be received only by a person who has arrived at union with God, for it is itself that very union. It consists in a certain touch of the divinity produced in the soul, and thus it is God Himself who is experienced and tasted there… This knowledge savors of the divine essence and of eternal life. They are so sensible that they sometimes cause not only the soul but also the body to tremble. Yet at other times with a sudden feeling of spiritual delight and refreshment, and without any trembling, they occur very tranquilly in the spirit. Since this knowledge is imparted to thesoul suddenly, without exercise of free will, a person does not have to be concerned about desiring it or not. He should simply remain humble and resigned about it, for God will do His work at the time and in the manner he wishes. God does not bestow these favors on a possessive soul, since He gives them out of a very special love for the recipient. For the individual receiving them is one who loves God with great detachment.
John of the Cross (Ascent of Mount Carmel - Book II, Chapter 26)


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The defining characteristic of the “Christian mystics” was and is undeniably the power of their prayers, not that the Sufi mystics did not pray, oh dear lord did they pray. But the prayer of their Christian brethren and counterparts had in a subtle way a different quality to it. The words in the prayers were a little different; and the object of focus and of contemplation was distinctive too, though they in truth never differed one inch when it came right down to the mystical experience.

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