Christian Mysticism Quotes

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)

A Loaf holds many grains of corn
And many myriad drops the Sea:
So is God's Oneness Multitude
And that great Multitude are we.

Angelus Silesius (The Cherubinic Wanderer, 1657)

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 Christian Mystic 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)

BUT thou shalt ever seek with great diligence in prayer that thou mayest come to a spiritual feeling or sight of God. And that is, that thou mayest know the wisdom of God, the endless might of Him, His great goodness in Himself and in His creatures; for this is Contemplation,

Walter Hilton (The Ladder of Perfection - Book I: Chapter 12)

Emanuel Swedenborg Quote: he truth is that the life of everyone, both of man, of spirit, and also of angel, flows in solely from the Lord, who is life itself; and diffuses itself through the whole heaven and also through hell...

The truth is that the life of everyone, both of man, of spirit, and also of angel, flows in solely from the Lord, who is life itself; and diffuses itself through the whole heaven and also through hell, thus into everyone; and this in an order and series incomprehensible: but the life which flows in is received by each one according to his disposition.

Emanuel Swedenborg (Arcana Coelestia)

The soul becomes like gold that becomes purer as it is fired, all dross being cast out. Having come to the point of twenty-four carats, gold cannot be purified any further; and this is what happens to the soul in the fire of God’s love therefore I want to be changed completely into pure God.

St. Catherine of Genoa (The Treatise on Purgatory)

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 Christian Mystic 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

Mechthild of Magdeburg (The Flowing Light of the Godhead, 13th century)

Saint Francis of Assisi Christian Mystic 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)

A Seeker's Thoughts on Christian Mysticism
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.

(excerpt from Who's Who in the Mystics Zoo)