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Brother Lawrence : The Practice of the Presence of God

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Convince yourself that God is often nearer to us and more effectually present with us, in sickness than in health.  Rely upon no other physician. He reserves your cure to Himself. Put then all your trust in Him, and you … Continue reading

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John of the Cross : The annihilation of the memory

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The soul that is clouded by the desires is darkened in the understanding and allows neither the sun of natural reason nor that of the supernatural Wisdom of God to shine upon it and illumine it clearly. (…) The annihilation … Continue reading

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Imitation of Christ – Thomas a Kempis –

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According to our resolution so is the rate of our progress, and much diligence is needful for him who would make good progress.  For if he who resolveth bravely oftentimes falleth short, how shall it be with him who resolveth … Continue reading

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Bede Griffith : The absolute Truth and the absolute love which alone is God

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Writing on Easter Day to Sister Pascaline, Bede Griffith remind her that the God they were celebrating drowned the Egyptians in the Red Sea without mercy, massacred their first-born without pity and commanded his people to occupy the land of … Continue reading

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Simone Weil : Intimations of Christianity

We must force this insatiable desire within us, which is always oriented towards outward things and has its domain in an imaginary future, to close in on itself and bring its main thrust round to the present. Simone Weil Apart … Continue reading

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Karajan : Beethoven Symphony No. 5, First Movement

« Each concert is a mystical experience, an ecstasy… it’s a form of grace » Herbert von Karajan   An audience invariably makes great demands on an artist’s attention—demands that are generally beyond the capacity of the ordinary person—yet these … Continue reading

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Tierno Bokar : Write the divine name opposite your bed

 “Write the divine name opposite your bed so that in the morning, upon wakening, it is the first thing you see. On rising, utter it with fervor and conviction, as the first word to leave your mouth and strike your … Continue reading

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Meister Eckhart : Become like a child

Become like a child, become deaf and blind! Your own ‘I’ must be destroyed Every ‘something’ and every ‘nothing’ must be lost! Let go of space, let go of time, get rid of any image! Tread, without a way, The … Continue reading

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Ramana Maharshi : Meditation

Meditation helps concentration of the mind. Then the mind is free from thoughts and is in the meditated form. Meditation is sticking to one thought. That single thought keeps away other thoughts; distraction of mind is a sign of its … Continue reading

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Imitation of Christ : I promise great and eternal things

The world, which promises small and passing things, is served with great eagerness: I promise great and eternal things and the hearts of men grow dull. Who is there that serves and obeys Me in all things with as great … Continue reading

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