"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

If you should wish to know how these things [the mystical communion with God] come about, interrogate grace, not doctrine; desire, not intellect; the cry of prayer, not the pursuit of study; the spouse, not the teacher; God, not man; darkness, not clarity; not light, but the fire that inflames all and transports one to God with fullest unction and burning affection. . . . Let us then . . . pass over into darkness; let us impose silence on cares, concupiscence, and phantasms; let us pass over with the Crucified Christ from this world to the Father, so that when the Father is shown to us we may say with Philip, “It is enough for me.” Bonaventure, The Mind’s Road to God, prologue

[seeking God: Bonaventure, The Mind's Road to God]

Posted by Jeff on 08.03.2011


Our soul’s continual seeking pleases God greatly; for we can do no more than seek, suffer, and trust, and it is worked in the soul by the Holy Spirit; and when we find him clearly this is by special grace at a time he chooses. Seeking with faith, hope, and charity pleases our Lord; and finding pleases the soul and fills it full of joy. And so I was taught to understand that seeking is as good as beholding all the while he allows the soul to labor. It is God’s will that we continue to seek him and strive to behold him, waiting for the moment when he chooses by special grace to show us himself. This does him the most honor and profits you; it happens gently and effectively with the guiding grace of the Holy Spirit. For when a soul fastens itself to God truly trusting, whether in seeking or beholding, this is the best service it may render him.

[seeking God: Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love]

Posted by Jeff on 08.02.2011


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