Quote of the day, 23 May: St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi

How truly wonderful you are, O Word of God, in the Holy Spirit; you cause him to infuse the soul with you, that it may join itself to God, conceive God, savor God, taste nothing but God.

The Holy Spirit enters the soul, sealed with that precious seal of the blood of the Word, the Lamb that was slain. Indeed it is this blood that urges him to come, although the Spirit is moved of himself and desires to come.

This moving Spirit in himself is the substance of the Father and of the Word, proceeding from the essence of the Father and the will of the Word, coming like a fountain into the soul, which is submerged in it. And just as two streams which rise separately mingle together so that the lesser loses its own name and takes the name of the greater, this divine Spirit acts in the same way when he enters the soul in order to join himself to it. The soul must lose its own name, which is the lesser, and relinquish it to the Spirit; it will do this if it so turns towards the Spirit that it becomes one with him.

This Spirit, the dispenser of the treasures that are in the Father and keeper of the counsels that are between the Father and the Son, pours himself so sweetly into the soul that he is not perceived, and his greatness is understood by few.

Drawn by the force of his love and yet moving with supreme freedom, he moves into all places that are suitable and disposed to receive him. He is heard by all in his frequent utterances and in his profound silence. By the force of love, being both unmoved and swiftest of all in movement, he enters all things.

Saint Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi

On Revelation and On Temptation (excerpts)

Featured image: The impressive Miniscalchi Altar, dedicated to the Holy Spirit, is only one of the magnificent treasures of the historic Basilica of St. Anastasia, the largest church in Verona, Italy. This Dominican church is graced by many great artworks since its founding by the Order of Preachers ca. 1290. An initiative to make the four great churches of Verona better known has established a website offering virtual tours of St. Anastasia, the Cathedral, the Basilica of Saint Zeno, and the Church of Saint Fermo. We have chosen to feature the lunette of the Miniscalchi Altar, which depicts the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Blessed Virgin and the Apostles in vivid colors. It was executed by the Verona artist Francesco Morone (1471–1529) with the help of another Verona artist, Paolo Morando, also known as “Il Cavazzola” (1486–1522). Both photo credits go to Jean Louis Mazieres (via Flickr) with immense gratitude for his generosity; he makes so many wonderful artworks available through creative commons licenses.

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