Catholic Contemplative Affiliation

Contemplative Quotes

Posted, October 9, 2018

“I would prefer to live in hope than to live in knowledge.  O father [her confessor] how valuable it is not to want, not to know, not to have, not to desire, so that a person could give himself to God and his judgments. …  As long as we have something to long for we have not reached the real poverty.  God likes a capable and empty instrument, and he knows very well how to purify it, if only we let him do it, without meddling.”

--Maria van Hout, 16th century beguine, of the Low Countries, as quoted in Bernard McGinn, The Presence of God….The Varieties of Vernacular Mysticism,  Vol. 5, p. 158.

Previous Quote:

"The Kingdom of God is within you, and the treasure lies hidden in the field” (Luke 17:12).

If this treasure and that Kingdom of God are to be found in our soul, it must happen through Jesus Christ, who is the door to it, the way, the truth, and the life, through which we must enter into the kingdom of God and into the union of the Godhead.

Although God is present in the inner ground of the soul where the mirror the Holy Trinity is always shining before the face of the soul, we come to know and appropriate the truth only through Christ’s merits and enlightenment, so that union always occurs in and through our inner reception of Jesus, both spiritually and sacramentally. 

The chapter concludes by praying we would be changed entirely in Christ Jesus and thus dwell in God and God in us.  Therefore, our practice throughout the day must be both inner and outer, with the inward gaze fixed the imageless divine unity and our outward gaze on his noble, dear humanity in order to follow him entirely in spirit, soul and body."

--from Bernard McGinn, The Presence of God….The Varieties of Vernacular Mysticism,  Vol. 5, p. 150.


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