The more wounded the lover, the healthier the lover is, and the cure caused by love is to wound and inflict wound upon wound, to such an extent that the entire soul is dissolved into a wound of love.
So there is no opposition of the contemplative life to the active. The former is the great support of the latter.
How truly wonderful you are, O Word of God, in the Holy Spirit; you cause him to infuse the soul with you
In those silent hours of prayer, the Holy Spirit inflamed Mary’s heart and swept her up into the bosom of the triune God
Magdalen, first to drink the fountained Christ
I want my blood to be beneficial to you
The appointed time has come... for the renewal of His spouse, the Church
The greatest mystics never saw a tension between apostolic service and contemplative prayer -- for them, it would be impossible to have one without the other. How is it that these prayerful people did more than those who feel they are too busy for prayer?
Night is the necessary cosmic expression of St. John of the Cross’s mystical world-view.
Elijah got up, ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to walk forty days to Sinai, the holy mountain. (1 Kings 19:8)
"Oh, that this day we might realize the value God has placed on the suffering He sends: He, the All-Good."
O Consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, descend into my soul and make all in me as an incarnation of the Word, that I may be to him a super-added humanity wherein he renews his mystery Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity
Avila, Incarnation, Jan. 19, 1572 St. Teresa's vision of our Lady in the choir of the Incarnation 1. On the eve of the feast of St. Sebastian, the first year in which I was prioress at the Incarnation, at the beginning of the Salve Regina, I saw the Mother of God descend with a great... Continue Reading →