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Selections From The Ark Number 198 - Winter 2004


Fr Bede Jarrett (1881-1934):

Perhaps the easiest way of expressing what is with great difficulty got into human language is to say that the vision of the mystic makes him or her see that the whole of the universe is one. Thus St Francis was not lifted up to God by the thought of earthly things in the sense that he forgot earth in looking at heaven; but he was able (and this is surely the whole meaning of mysticism) to get such a vision of heaven as allowed earth also its place in the same plane. A mystic is not one who sees God in nature, but one for whom God and nature fit into one plane.

To unite the petty details of our daily lives to the tremendous Being of God seems an impossible proposal, but to the mystic all things are possible not because he lowers God to the level of the ordinary things of life, but because he suddenly sees these glow with a divine transfiguration, and can never again look upon anything in human life as common or unclean. I must train myself to realise, for example, that the Incarnation is not simply that Christ our Lord became man, though that in itself is full enough of wonder, but that by so being tabernacled in the flesh, he lifted up all created things to Himself, and became a brother to all the world. I must pray very earnestly to see the connection between all things that are.

(The Ark 27 April 1946, pp. 50-51)

Fr Vincent McNabb(1868-1943):

In a sense there should be room in our heart for no-one but God. Then, as soon as He comes, there is room for everybody. When you come into contact with a soul that really loves God the impression you have is of an enormously great heart that has room for everybody. Love of God ennobles everything it touches. I don't think anything has ever ennobled the beasts of the field so much as the Incarnation. For ever and ever donkeys are immortal, sheep, blades of grass, the sparrows, field-flowers. There is room in the Sacred Heart for all these things.


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