This is a venture in which God alone is sought and gained.
As regards this road to union, entering on the road means leaving one’s own road; and leaving one’s own mode implies entry into what has no mode, that is, God.
– St John of the Cross
Simple adoration … immediate relationship to God.
The disinterested character of simple adoration is man’s highest possibility; it alone forms his true and final liberation.
The Christian sacrifice is nothing other than the exodus of the soul that abandons itself, a process perfected in the man who is all exodus, all self-surpassing love.
The fundamental principle of Christian worship is consequently this movement of exodus … delivery of the “I” and therefore of the creature man to God.
- Ratzinger, Joseph Cardinal. Introduction To Christianity. (pp288-289)
If we understood how to see in each moment some manifestation of the will of God, we should find therein also all that our hearts could desire.
If you possess the secret of discovering it at every moment and in everything, then you possess all that is most precious.
Your wishes need have no measure, no limit. However much you may desire I can show you how to attain it, even though it be infinite. There is never a moment in which I cannot enable you to obtain all that you can desire. The present is ever filled with infinite treasure, it contains more than you have capacity to hold. Faith is the measure. Believe, and it will be done to you accordingly. Love is also the measure. The more the heart loves, the more it desires; and the more it desires, so much the more will it receive.
The will of God is at each moment before us like an immense, inexhaustible ocean that no human heart can fathom; but none can receive from it more than she has capacity to contain; it is necessary to enlarge this capacity by faith, confidence and love.
The whole creation cannot fill the human heart, for it is greater than all that is not God.
The divine will is a deep abyss of which the present moment is the entrance. If you plunge into this abyss you will find it infinitely more vast than your desires.
Receive your fulness from the divine will of God alone, it will not leave you empty. Adore it, put it first before all things; tear all disguises from vain pretences and forsake them all going to the sole reality.
The reign of faith is death to the senses; it is their spoliation, their destruction. Destroy the idols of the senses and they will rebel and lament, but faith must triumph because the will of God is indestructible. When the senses are terrified, or famished, despoiled, or crushed, then it is that faith is nourished, enriched and enlivened. When a soul recognizes the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely; then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances. Thus it experiences great happiness in this coming of God, and enjoys it the more, the more it has learnt to abandon itself at every moment to His adorable will.
- J.P. de Caussade. Abandonment to Divine Providence
It should be known that if a person is seeking God, her beloved is seeking her much more.
The soul, then, should advert that God is the principal agent in this matter, and that He acts as the blind man’s guide who must lead it by the hand to the place beyond the reach of the mind and senses.
Since the soul cannot function naturally except by means of the senses, it is God who in this state is the agent, and the soul is the receiver. The soul conducts itself only as the receiver and as one in whom something is being done; God is the giver and the one Who works in it, without the soul’s natural acts and discursive reflections.
Since God, then, as the giver communes with her through simple, loving knowledge, the individual also, as the receiver, communes with God, through a simple and loving knowledge or attention, so that knowledge is thus joined with knowledge and love with love. The receiver should act according to the mode of what is received, and not otherwise, in order to receive and keep it in the way it is given.
If as I say – and it is true – this loving knowledge is received passively in the soul according to the supernatural mode of God, and not according to the natural mode of the soul, a person, if she wants to receive it should be quite annihilated in her natural operations. A person should not bear attachment to anything, neither the practice of meditation, nor to any savour, whether sensory or spiritual, nor to any other apprehensions. She should be quite free and annihilated regarding all things, because any thought or discursive reflection or satisfaction upon which she may want to lean would impede and disquiet her, and make noise in the profound silence of her senses and her spirit, which she possesses for the sake of this deep and delicate listening. God speaks to the heart in this solitude, in supreme peace and tranquillity, while the soul listens to what the Lord God speaks to it, for He speaks this peace in solitude.
When it happens, therefore, that a person is conscious in this manner of being placed in solitude and in the state of listening, she should even forget the practice of loving attentiveness I mentioned so as to remain free for what the Lord then desires of her. She should make use of that loving awareness only when she does not feel herself placed in this solitude, this oblivion, this spiritual listening.
It is impossible for this highest wisdom and language of God, which is contemplation, to be received in anything less than a spirit that is silent.
Bring her to as complete a withdrawal and solitude as possible, for the more solitude she obtains and the more she approaches this silent tranquility, the more abundantly will the spirit of divine wisdom be infused into her soul.
The least that a person can manage to feel is a withdrawal and an estrangement as to all things, sometimes more than at other times, accompanied by an inclination toward solitude in the gentle breathing of love and life in the spirit.
The blessings this silent communication and contemplation impresses on the soul, without its then experiencing them, are inestimable. For they are most hidden unctions of the Holy Spirit and hence most delicate, and they secretly fill the soul with spiritual riches, gifts, and graces; since it is God who grants them, He does so in no other manner than as God.
- St John of the Cross. The Living Flame of Love.