- Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man listens to my voice and opens the door to Me, I will come in to him and sup with him, and he with me.
Blessed the ears of the soul alert enough, recollected enough to hear this voice of the Word of God; blessed also the eyes of this soul which in the light of a deep and living faith can witness the coming of the Master into His intimate sanctuary. But what then is this coming? It is an unceasing generation, an enduring hymn of praise. Christ comes with His treasures, but such is the mystery of the divine swiftness that He is continually coming, always for the first time as if He had never come; for His coming, independent of time, consists in an eternal now, and an eternal desire eternally renews the joys of the coming. The delights that He brings are infinite, since they are Himself. The capacity of the soul, enlarged by the coming of the Master, seems to go out of itself in order to pass into the immensity of Him who comes; and a phenomenon occurs: God, who is in our depths, receives God coming to us, and God contemplates God!
- St Elizabeth of the Trinity. Heaven in Faith
God’s speech is the effect He produces in the soul.
The Father spoke one Word, which was His Son, and this Word He always speaks in eternal solitude, and in silence, and in silence must It be heard by the soul.
The contemplative soul does not meddle with exterior attachments or human respect, but it communes inwardly with God, alone and detached, and with delightful tranquility, for the knowledge of God is received in divine silence.
Wisdom enters through love, silence, and mortification. It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and to look at neither the remarks, nor the deeds, nor the lives of others.
What we need most in order to make progress is to be silent before this great God with our appetites and our tongue, for the language He best hears is silent love.
Look at that infinite knowledge and that hidden secret. What peace, what love, what silence is in that divine bosom !
God is love and he who abides in love abides in God and God abides in him.
The soul lives where she loves more than in the body she animates; for she does not live in the body but rather gives life to the body, and lives in the Object of her love.
The soul that loves God lives more in the next life than in this, for the soul lives where it loves more than where it gives life, and thus has little esteem for this temporal life.
It should be known that love never reaches perfection until the lovers are so alike that one is transfigured in the other. And then the love is in full health.
The reason is that in the union and transformation of love each gives possession of self to the other, and each leaves and exchanges self for the other. Thus each one lives in the other and is the other, and both are one in the transformation of love.
In the spiritual marriage the soul thereby becomes divine, becomes God through participation. It is accordingly the highest state attainable in this life.
Extract from the Spiritual Canticle by St John of the Cross
This sublime knowledge can be received only by a person who has arrived at union with God, for it is itself that very union. It consists in a certain touch of the divinity produced in the soul, and thus it is God himself who is experienced and tasted there. This knowledge tastes of the divine essence and eternal life.
Manifestly, in this high state of union God does not communicate himself to the soul through the disguise of any image or likeness, but directly: the pure and naked essence of God with the pure and naked essence of the soul.
- St John of The Cross. Asc. 16 : 9
The soul is right in daring to say, may the vision of your beauty be my death, since she knows that at the instant she sees this beauty she will be carried away by it, and absorbed in this very beauty, and transformed in this same beauty, and made beautiful like this beauty itself, and enriched and provided for like this very beauty.
Reveal Your presence,
And may the vision of Your beauty be my death;
This presence is so sublime that the soul feels an immense hidden being is there
. . from which some semi-clear glimpses of His divine beauty emerge
. . And these bear such an effect on the soul that she ardently longs for what she feels hidden there in that presence
At this time the soul faints with longing to be engulfed in that supreme good she feels present and hidden, for although it is hidden she has a significant experience of the good and delight present there. Accordingly she is drawn and carried toward this good more forcibly than any material object is pulled toward its centre of gravity. With this longing and heartfelt desire, unable to contain herself any longer, the soul begs: Reveal Your Presence.
St John of the Cross. The Spiritual Canticle (11:10)