Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

William Johnston

Irish-born American Jesuit Mystic Theologian, Author, Translator and Preacher

"All authentic religion originates with mystical experience."

"If one waits in emptiness one comes to realize that the void is God: it is not a preparatory stage but the experience of God Himself."

"The higher stages of the mystical life are very ordinary. There is no ecstasy, no rapture, no flash of light, no bells, no incense. I am now my true self."

"The Sermon on the Mount has (and very justly I believe) been compared to Zen in that it describes the undifferentiated consciousness of one who lives in the here-and-now with joy and without care."

"Properly understood, contemplation shakes the universe, topples the powers of evil, builds a great society, and opens the doors that lead to eternal life."

"The most significant change in a person’s life is a change of attitude. Right attitudes produce right actions."