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The Culmination of the Active Life
by The Blessed John Ruysbroeck

Here comes Jesus, and sees the man, and shows to him, in the light of faith, that He is according to His Godhead immeasurable and incomprehensible and inaccessible and abysmal, transcending every created light and every finite conception. And this is the highest knowledge of God which any man may have in the active life: that he should confess in the light of faith that God is incomprehensible and unknowable. And in this light Christ says to man's desire: Make haste and come down, for today I must abide at thy house. This hasty descent, to which he is summoned by God, is nothing else than a descent through desire and through love into the abyss of the Godhead, which no intelligence can reach in the created light. But where intelligence remains without, desire and love go in. When the soul is thus stretched towards God, by intention and by love, above everything that it can understand, then it rests and dwells in God, and God in it.When the soul climbs with desire above the multiplicity of creatures, and above it the work of the senses, and above the light of nature, then it meets Christ in the light of faith, and becomes enlightened, and confesses that God is unknowable and incomprehensible. When it stretches itself with longing towards this incomprehensible God, then it meets Christ, and is filled with His gifts. And when it loves and rests above the gifts, and above itself, and above all creatures, then it dwells in God, and God dwells in it.

--The Blessed John Ruysbroeck known as the greatest of the Flemish mystical writers. 1293-1381