Catholic Contemplative Affiliation

Contemplative Quotes

--from Bernard McGinn, The Presence of God….The Varieties of Vernacular Mysticism,  Vol. 5, p.71.

“In conclusion, Jordaens [a close follower of Jan Ruusbroec] summarizes his view of mystical union.  Knowing and loving God as an object through intellective images is a necessary, but only preliminary, stage.  “But when the soul sinks down through all images with a single intention into God”; beyond all images and names, God becomes present to her in an immediate way in deifying love.  This a taste of “unhindered enjoyable rest,” as announced in the Song of Songs where the bride proclaims, “I sleep and my heart watched” (Song 5:2).  Again, in a teaching reminiscent of Ruusbroec, Jordaens says the other faculties are commanded to be active in good works by that means of the interior deified faculty of love that always rests in God.  “All this occurs beyond time and space,” as he puts it.  Words and images that refer to sensible things, such as “climbing,” or “beyond” and “below,” are misleading but necessary: “This is then how the divine kissing between God and the soul takes place, beyond time and place, in the dark bareness of the mind devoid of all images where God is present to the soul… in an essential manner, as the natural subsistence of the soul [i.e., in the essential being], and as her object, that is, as the one whom she loves above all creatures in herself and in himself.”  William Jordaens provides one of the most detailed analyses of the nature of loving union among late medieval mystics.”

Posted,  August 8, 2018


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“All together we are one burning blaze that can never perish with the Father and with the Son in the unity of the Holy Spirit, where the divine persons lose their spirit in the unity of their essence, in the fathomless abyss of simple blessedness.  There, there is nothing but one being, that is the substance of the divine persons.  There, we are all one and uncreated in our super-essence.  There, all enjoying is completed and perfected in essential blessedness. There, God is in his simple essence without activity, eternal tranquility, modeless darkness, unnamed self-identity, the super essence of all creatures, and the simple, fathomless blessedness of God and all his saints.”

--Blessed John Ruusbroec

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