Contemplative Quotations – 1st Millennium

c. A.D.
57 Gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image”


2 Cor 3:18
80 “When you pray go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret”


Mat 6:6
85 “The Kingdom of God is within you”


Luke 17:21
225 “contemplate something of divine and heavenly things and gaze at them with the mind alone”


Origen
371 “He gives the soul some sense of His presence even while He eludes her clear apprehension”


G. of Nyssa
400 “In the beginning of prayer there is a struggle and lots of work . . . after that there is indescribable joy.”


Amma Syncletica
400 “Give me a word, father.”


Unknown Abba*
425 “[the mind] rejects the whole wealth and abundance of thoughts…the soul then pours out to God wordless prayers”


Cassian
525 “strive upward…toward union with him who is beyond all being and knowledge”


Pseudo Dionysius

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