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I SAY further, that, in any other way, it is next to impossible to acquire a perfect mortification of the senses and passions. He gives those who abide faithful to their abandonment to Him, no relaxation until He has subdued everything in them that remains to be mortified.

Experiencing God Through Prayer

When the soul yields itself to the influence of this blessed Spirit, it perceives the testimony of its divine filiation; and it feels also, with superadded joy, that it has received, not the spirit of bondage, but good liberty, even the liberty of the children of God; it then finds that it acts freely and sweetlythough with fhrough and infallibility.

S OME persons, when they hear of the prayer of silence, falsely imagine that the soul remains stupid, dead, and inactive; but it unquestionably acts more nobly and more extensively than it had ever done before; for God himself is its mover, and it now acts by the agency of his Spirit.

Which was dear of her but unnecessarily. In the mortification of the eye and ear, which continually supply the busy imagination with new subjects, there is little danger of falling into excess; but God will teach us this also, and we have only to follow his Spirit. John praywr an incense, the smoke whereof ascendeth unto God; therefore it is said in the Apocalypse, that “unto the angel was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints.

Some wish or word, some sigh or sign, will inevitably escape him, and betray that he is far from being satisfied. Short chapters make it easy to read.

Gold cannot be purified but by fire, which gradually consumes all that is earthy and foreign, and separates it from the metal. But how is it we pass into God? Memory Verses; 2nd Set: This Spirit is the Spirit of the Word, which is always heard, as He says himself: The soul being thus turned, is in charity, and abides therein; “and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God.


E-Text Copyright renews with each published update. All our imaginations of God amount to nothing; a lively faith in his presence is sufficient. If we become discouraged, we are the more enfeebled; and from our reflections on our imperfections, a chagrin arises, which is often worse than the imperfections themselves. This examination, however, should be peaceful and tranquil; and we should depend on God for the discovery and knowledge of our sins, rather than on the diligence of our own scrutiny.

Madame Guyon () A Short and Very Easy Method of Prayer – Authentic Version

Now the soul that is thus profoundly and vigorously active, being wholly given up to God, does not perceive this act, because it is direct and not reflective. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. She was very clear that we must simply cease all activity before him, remain silent, trust wholly, and allow Him to come to us. This is agreeable to the assertion of St. When we are thus fully entered into ourselves, and warmly penetrated throughout with a lively sense of the Divine presence; when the senses are all recollected, and withdrawn from the circumference to the centre, and the soul is sweetly and silently employed on the truths we have read, not in reasoning, but in feeding thereon, and animating the will by affection, rather than fatiguing the understanding by study; when, I say, the affections are in this state, which, however difficult it may appear at first, is, as I shall hereafter show, easily attainable, we must allow them sweetly to repose, and, as it were, swallow what they have tasted.

She was imprisoned at Vincennes in Decemberand the next year moved to Vaugirard, under a promise to avoid all receptions and correspondence, except by special permission.

This will take you to the offer on the Christianbook. Self-appropriation; experiencinh it is the source and fountain of all that defilement which can never be allied to essential purity; as the rays of the sun may shine, indeed, upon mire, but can never be united with it.

As this treatise was intended only to instruct in prayer, nothing is said of many things which we esteem, because they do not immediately relate to our main subject.

In this way, when we are wholly moved by the divine Spirit, which is infinitely active, our activity must, indeed, be more energetic than that which is merely our own. Such is the scrutiny of Him who suffers no evil to be concealed; and the only way is to turn simply to God, and bear the pain and correction He inflicts.


Yet let not those come who are without a heart; they are excused; for there must be a heart before there can be love. She then rose to the zenith of her fame. For as a person may enjoy the flavor of the finest viands in mastication, yet receive no nourishment from them, if he does not cease the action and swallow the food; so when our affections are enkindled, if we endeavor to stir them nadame yet more, we extinguish the flame, and the soul is deprived of its nourishment.

T HOUGH God has no other desire than to impart Himself to the loving soul that seeks Him, yet He frequently conceals Himself from it, that it may be roused from sloth, and impelled to seek Him with fidelity and love. Till conversion is perfected, many reiterated acts are necessary; praayer it is with some progressive, though with others it is instantaneous.

Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte Guyon. As all action is estimable only in proportion to the grandeur and dignity of the efficient principle, this action is incontestably more NOBLE than any other.

Book Review: “Experiencing God through Prayer” by Madame Guyon (The Prayer Foundation)

Repose, tranquility, and peace. He is more desirous of giving Himself to us than we are to possess Him; we only need to know how to seek Him, and the way is easier and more natural to us than breathing.

Would you go to God, follow this sweet and simple path, and you will arrive at the desired object, with an ease and expedition that will amaze you. Would Jesus Christ have made this the most perfect and necessary of all ways, had it been so? Whoever acts otherwise, cannot make the best use of this grace, which is bestowed to allure the soul into the repose of Love, and not to force it into the multiplicity of self.

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