John van Ruysbroeck (1293-1381)
John van Ruysbroeck (1293-1381) was a Flemish mystic and writer. He was raised in the Catholic faith, becoming a priest. He is now venerated in the Catholic Church. He was beatified in 1903 by Pope Pius X.
The following quote comes from his treatise
The Sparkling Stone. Another well-known modern mystic, Evelyn Underhill, described this passage thus: “The old Mystic, sitting under his friendly tree, seems here to be gazing at, and reporting to us the final secrets of that Eternal World.” Continue reading “John van Ruysbroeck’s “First Vision” Accounts”
“First Vision” experiences are more subtle than others, while still being profoundly moving and life-changing. These can happen quite spontaneously, in any place or situation. The following two accounts come from an archive of over 6,000 first-hand religious or spiritual experiences from all around the world compiled by Sir Alister Hardy and now housed at the Religious Experience Research Centre (RERC) at the University of Wales, Lampeter. Continue reading “All-Encompassing Light “First Vision” Accounts”
An addition to the
BHT, where Jesus notes how God beloved the Cosmos. Continue reading “John 3:16 BHT, God Beloved the Cosmos”
Alain de Botton’s School of Life addresses the subject of Jesus as a philosopher of kindness in this short video.
Continue reading ““Let Him Who Is Without Sin Cast the First Stone””
An addition to the
BHT, on how we may come to know God through Love. (The painting above is “ Saint Augustine,” by Philippe de Champaigne, c. 1645-1650, oil on canvas.) Continue reading “1 John 4:7-8, 16 BHT – We’d Love to Know God”
, by Saint Teresa of Ávila Peter Paul Rubens, c. 1615. (click to see the full painting)
Saint Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582) was a Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun, and was canonized a Roman Catholic saint by Pope Gregory XV.
In her penetrating autobiography,
, she describes many of her ecstatic visions of the Divine, which should ring many bells for Latter-day Saints. The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus
Here are a few selections, beginning with a vision of hell:
Continue reading “Saint Teresa of Ávila’s “First Vision” Accounts”
Rupert Spira is a very wise man, among many. Let his words sink in deep.
“Love is the recognition that we share our Being.”
Continue reading “What is Love? per Rupert Spira”