Albertus Magnus – On union with God - How to achieve Union
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Albertus Magnus – On union with god
From CHAPTER II - HOW A MAN MAY DESPISE ALL THINGS AND CLEAVE TO CHRIST ALONE
Whosoever thou art who longest to enter upon this happy state or sleekest to direct thither thy steps, thus it behoveth thee to act.
First, close, as it were, thine eyes, and bar the doors of thy senses. Suffer not anything to entangle thy soul, nor permit any care or trouble to penetrate within it.
Shake off all earthly things, counting them useless, noxious, and hurtful to thee.
When thou hast done this, enter wholly within thyself, and fix thy gaze upon thy wounded Jesus, and upon Him alone. Strive with all thy powers, unwearyingly, to reach God through Himself, that is, through God made Man.
In all simplicity and confidence abandon thyself and whatever concerns you. This is the hidden and heavenly treasure, the precious pearl, which is to be preferred before all. This it is that we must seek with humble confidence and untiring effort, yet in silence and peace. It must be sought with a brave heart, even though its price be the loss of bodily comfort, of esteem, and of honour.
Lacking this, what doth it profit a religious if he "gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?". Of what value are the religious state, the holiness of our profession, the shaven head, the outward signs of a life of abnegation, if we lack the spirit of humility and truth.
St. Luke says: "The kingdom of God is within you."
CHAPTER III - THE LAW OF MAN'S PERFECTION IN THIS LIFE
In proportion as the mind is absorbed in the thought and care of the things of this world do we lose the fervour of our devotion, and drift away from the things of Heaven.
The greater, on the other hand, our diligence in withdrawing our powers from the memory, love and thought of that which is inferior in order to fix them upon that which is above, the more perfect will be our prayer, the purer our contemplation. The soul cannot give itself perfectly at the same time to two objects as contrary one to another as light to darkness; for he who lives united to God dwells in the Light, he who clings to this world lives in Darkness.
The source of the experienceMagnus, Albertus
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