French Mystic and Quietist Author
Madame Guyon, Jeanne Marie Bouvières de la Mothe Guyon
French Mystic and Quietist Author
When at any time the passions are turbulent, a gentle retreat inwards to a present God, easily deadens and pacifies them.
When thou canst not find thyself, nor any good, then rejoice that all things are rendered unto God.
When we suffer aridity and desolation with equanimity, we testify our love to God; but when He visits us with the sweetness of his presence, He testifies his love to us.
Whenever we endeavor to bring about our own perfection, or that of others, by our own efforts, the result is simply imperfection.
Which is the harder lot for a soul that has known and loved God, not to know whether it loves God, or whether God loves it?
Which of the two would the perfect soul choose, if the choice were presented, to love God, or to be loved by Him?
While our abandonment blesses or spares us, we shall find many to advise it; but let it bring us into trouble, and the most spiritually-minded will exclaim against it.
Who can comprehend the extent of that supreme homage which is due to the will of God?
This action of the soul is accompanied with the utmost tranquility. When she lives selfishly the act is forced and constrained; and, therefore, she can easily perceive it: but when she lives under the influence of the Spirit of grace, her action is so free, so easy, and so natural, that it almost seems as if she did not act at all.
Why should we complain that we have been stripped of the divine virtues, if we had not hidden them away as our own? Why should we complain of a loss, if we had no property in the thing lost? or why does deprivation give us so much pain, except because of the appropriation we had made of that which was taken away?
To contend with them, in any other way, only serves to irritate rather than appease them.
Would you exert all your powers to attain Divine Union? Use all your strength for the destruction of self.
To seek after God in the right way is easier and more natural than breathing.
To take and receive all things not in ourselves, but in God, is the true and excellent way of dying to ourselves and living only to God.
We can rest assured that God will never give up with us until we are totally given over to God. Then He will kill off in us anything that remains alive but which ought to be put to death.
We have to dedicate the present moment to God since this brings with it God?s eternal order, and is an infallible declaration of His will which has to be carried out and is incumbent on everyone. We must attribute nothing that happens to us as if it came from man but see God?s hand in everything.
We must cooperate with and help to bring about God?s purposes which tend to strip us of all our own self-effort so that God may be enthroned in our lives. Let this be done in you; and do not allow yourself to be attached to anything, however good it may appear.
We must forget ourselves and all self-interest, and listen, and be attentive to God.
All that I know is that God is infinitely holy, righteous and happy; that all goodness is in Him; and that, as to myself, I am a mere nothing.
God is infinitely more honored by the sacrifices of death than by those of life; by the latter we honor Him as a great Sovereign, but by the former, as God, losing all things for his glory.
I was poor in the midst of riches, and ready to perish with hunger near a table plentifully spread and a continual feast. Oh, Beauty, ancient and new! Why have I known thee so late? Alas, I sought thee where thou wast not, and did not seek thee where thou wast?
Our activity should consist in placing ourselves in a state of susceptibility to Divine impressions, and pliability to all the operations of the Eternal Word.
The love of God encompasses everything within itself and everything that is rooted in love stems from God.
All we have to do is to remain faithful to God and wholly attentive to his will, and everything that is necessary will be given to us.
God is so great and so independent, that He can find means to glorify Himself even by sin.