The future of the Earth is a sacred future, built on a new recognition of mankind’s relationship with God and with his own deeper nature. Such recognition generates a deep understanding of the sacredness of life and of each and every soul. Do enjoy the quotes. 🙂
It is not humility to insist on being someone that you are not. It is
as much as saying that you know better than God who you are and who
you ought to be. How do you expect to arrive at the end of your own
journey if you take the road to another man’s city? How do you expect
to reach your own perfection by leading someone else’s life? His
sanctity will never be yours; you must have the humility to work out
your own salvation in a darkness where you are absolutely alone.
—Thomas Merton, “New Seed of Contemplation.”
Love & Nothingness – Marguerite Porete
“LOVE: Now this soul, says Love, has her right name from the
nothingness in which she rests. And since she is nothing, she is
concerned about nothing, neither about herself, nor about her
neighbours, nor even about God Himself. For she is so small that she
cannot be found, and every created thing is so far from her that she
cannot feel it. And God is so great that she can comprehend nothing of
Him. On account of such nothingness she has fallen into certainty of
knowing nothing and into certainty of willing nothing.
And this nothingness, of which we speak, says Love, gives her the All,
and no one can possess it in any other way.
This Soul, says Love, is imprisoned and held in the country of
complete peace, for is always in full sufficiency, in which she swims
and bobs and floats, and she is surrounded by divine peace, without
any movement in her interior, and without any exterior work on her
part. These two things would remove this peace from her if they could
penetrate to her, but they cannot, for she is in the sovereign state
where they cannot pierce or disturb her about anything. If she does
any exterior thing, it is always without herself. If God does His work
in her, it is by Him in her, for her sake. Such a Soul is no more
encumbered by this than is her angel by guarding her. No more is an
angel encumbered by guarding us than if he never guarded us at all. So
also neither is such a Soul encumbered by what she does without
herself than if she had never done it at all. For she has nothing of
herself. She has given all freely without a why, for she is the lady
of the Bridegroom of her youth. He is the Sun who shines and warms and
nourishes the life of being separate from His Being. This Soul has
retained neither doubt nor anxiety any longer.
REASON: Why therefore? says Reason.
LOVE: A sure alliance and a true concordance by willing only the
– from THE MIRROR OF SIMPLE SOULS by Marguerite Porete (ISBN 0809134276)