During his 1935 lecture series in North America, St. Titus Brandsma stayed with the Carmelite friars at their college in Niagara Falls, Ontario. We share excerpts from a meditation that he wrote on the pinnacle of the mystical life compared to "the roaring and the rushing of Niagara Falls".
Don't you understand what love is when it concerns Him who has so loved us? If only you knew how He loves you, and how I love you too!…
When all things are forgotten, nothing disturbs the peace or stirs the appetites. As the saying goes: What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't want.
Spiritual marriage is a total transformation in the Beloved... the highest state attainable in this life.
Oh, you see, sometimes I think He is going to come and take me to carry me off where He is in dazzling Light. Even now in the night of faith, the union is so profound, the embraces so heavenly!
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)