The Mystical Knowledge of God: An Essay in the Art of Knowing and Loving the Divine Majesty

9781482383133: The Mystical Knowledge of God: An Essay in the Art of Knowing and Loving the Divine Majesty

“The present work is a treat on the experimental knowledge of God, such as it is possible for eyery Christian to acquire) If he will but do what is needful thereto. crhe reader must. not expect to find in these few pages the whole doctrine of the : mystic life nor even of mental prayer, as such; still less must he look for an exposition of the extraordinary and miraculous dealings of God with a few favoured souls.” Father Louismet begins with this quote: “"Our good Lord showed me that it is full great pleasure to Him, that a silly soul come to Him naked, plainly and homely." Juliana of Norwich.” Let us consider this: “In Heaven we shall know God perfectly. We shall see Him even as He is and face to face, He himself being the Light that will enlighten us; we shall know even as we are known. It is not so now; we see Him but imperfectly and dimly as through a veil, yet, from the very nature of its object, even this imperfect knowledge of God is the most excellent and the most necessary of all. Alas! it is a knowledge which is rare-few there are that seek it, few desire or realize its inestimable worth.” “We have seen that there are three ways of gaining a certain knowledge of God while we are yet on earth. The first is by natural reason, the second by faith, the third by love; and we have seen what is meant by the first two kinds of knowledge of God. Many go no further than this. Through their own negligence and carelessness they never come to the third kind of knowledge of God, by the way of fervent love.” Saint Teresa Margaret of the Carmelites was devoted to God as Love, and indeed that was her mission. “Now, love will try his turn. He, of all others, is eager to know what God is. He pushes rapidly beyond all the things of this world, visible and invisible, for he knows they cannot tell him. He hears and hearkens to the answer of Faith, but he is not satisfied. He pushes forward, boldly and blindly, for he cannot see his object, but he will find his answer; it will offer itself to him. When God sees a soul in quest of Him, He meets her, ah, more than half-way. Seek and you shall find. Love meets his object. He grapples with it in the darkness of this mortal life, and he forces its secret out: " Tell me, what art Thou?" The answer comes straight from God Himself, not by words of human speech, but by a burning impression of His own Divine substance upon the substance of the soul, wherein He gives her to know what He is. God is Charity. We can infer a definition of a mystic from this: “Is the mystic always able accurately to account for his new knowledge of God? No, he is not always conscious of it. He certainly could not put it into words, and he does not care to do so; he does not care to speak of it. He keeps his secret, or rather the secret of the King, well. He loves: that is enough for him.” A mystic simply loves God and does not worry about the rest. Our job is to become true mystics as Father Louismet outlines in his works.

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