Sales, Francois de - The outflowing of a soul into her God
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
ST FRANCIS OF SALES. Quoted Dom Cuthbert Butler: Western Mysticism
'As melted balm that no longer has firmness or solidity, the soul lets Herself pass or flow into What she loves: she does not spring out of herself as by a sudden leap, nor does she cling as by a joining or union, but gently glides, as a fluid and liquid thing, into the Divinity Whom she loves. She goes out by that sacred outflowing and holy liquefaction, and quits herself, not only to be united to the well-Beloved, but to be entirely mingled with and steeped in Him. The outflowing of a soul into her God is a true ecstasy, by which the soul quite transcends the limits of her natural way of existence, being wholly mingled with, absorbed and engulfed in, her God.'