By John of Ruysbroeck, Aeterna Press
Jan van Ruysbroeck—three of whose most vital works are the following for the 1st time awarded to English readers—is the best of the Flemish mystics, and needs to take excessive rank in any checklist of Christian contemplatives and saints. He was once born in 1273, on the little village of Ruysbroeck or Ruusbroeck among Brussels and Hal, from which he's taking his identify; and spent his complete existence inside his local province of Brabant. At 11 years outdated, he's acknowledged to have run clear of domestic and located his approach to Brussels; the place he was once acquired by way of his uncle Jan Hinckaert, a canon of the Cathedral of St Gudule. Hinckaert, who was once a guy of significant piety, lived with one other religious priest named Francis van Coudenberg within the so much austere type; completely dedicated to prayer and strong works.
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Of The Union Through Means Chapter 4. Of The Men Who Practise A False Vacancy Chapter 5. Of The Union Without Means Chapter 6. Of Heavenly Weal And Hellish Woe Chapter 7. Showing Wherefore All Good Men Do Not Attain To The Unmediated Union With God Chapter 8. Showing How The Inward Man Should Exercise Himself, That He May Be United With God Without Means Chapter 9. Of The Inward Working Of God's Grace Chapter 10. Of The Mutual Contentment Of The Divine Persons, And The Mutual Contentment Between God And Good Men Chapter 11.
The second thing is, that he must permit the things which he wishes to see to be reflected in his eyes. And the third thing is that the organs, the eyes, must be sound and flawless, so that gross bodily things can be subtly reflected in them. If a man lack any of these three things his bodily sight is wanting. Of this sight, however, we shall say nothing more; but we shall speak of a ghostly and supernatural sight, in which all our bliss abides. For all who wish to see in a ghostly and supernatural manner three things also are needful.
And from this there arise a natural repentance of its sins and a natural good-will. Such is the highest work of prevenient grace. If a man does all he can, and cannot do more because of his feebleness, it rests with the infinite goodness of God to finish the work. Then, straight as a sunbeam, there comes a higher light of Divine grace, and it is shed into the soul according to its worth, though neither merited nor desired. For in this light God gives Himself out of free goodness and generosity, the which never creature can merit before it has received it.