Quotes for the Day

Christ, the good artist, for those who believe Him and gaze continually at Him, straightway portrays after His own image a heavenly man. Out of His own Spirit, out of the substance of light itself, the ineffable light, He paints a heavenly image, and bestows upon it its good and gracious Spouse. If a man does not gaze constantly at Him, overlooking everything else, the Lord will not paint His image with His own light.

— Pseudo-Macarius (4th century)

If a person should desire to do something himself with his interior faculties, he would hinder and lose the goods which God engraves upon his soul through that peace and idleness. If a model for a painting or retouching of a portrait should move because of a desire to do something, the artist would be unable to finish, and his work would be disturbed. Similarly any operation, affection or advertency a soul might desire when it wants to abide in interior peace and idleness, would cause distraction and disquietude, and make it feel sensory dryness and emptiness.

— St. John of the Cross (16th century)

Both quoted in Andrew Louth, The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition From Plato to Denys 

 

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Comments

  1. Wonderful!

    Thank you for these, Carl, especially for the one from St John of the Cross… I should print that one out and stick it on the wall!

  2. CAN ANY ONE GET MORE AND MORE AND BETTER QUOTES :O ??

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