Patricia Hofer

HOW WE IMAGE GOD. Jan van Ruusbroec (1293-1381), The Spiritual Espousals

HOW WE IMAGE GOD. Jan van Ruusbroec (1293-1381), The Spiritual Espousals: “A person is, however, like a double mirror, receiving images on both sides, for in the higher part of his being he receives God with all his gifts and in the lower part he receives corporeal images through the senses. Now he can turn inward whenever he wishes and so practice righteousness without hindrance. But in this life a person is inconstant and accordingly often turns outward; without necessity or the direction of his enlightened reason he gets caught up in the activities of the senses and so falls into daily faults. Still, in the loving inward movement of a righteous person these daily faults are just like a drop of water in a red-hot furnace. With this I conclude the description of the interior life…” (As quoted in Light from Light, Dupre and Wiseman, 197)

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