26. feb, 2013

The spreading of Mysticism

We quote once more from Arthur Broekhuysen:

More and more people became interested in mysticism through the influence of these saints (saint Francis and Jeanne de Chantal.) The hierarchy agreed with this development and gave its approval to many writings about mysticism.

The most influential representative of the quietist mysticism in the Spanish church in the 17th century was Juan Falconi (1596-1638). He also emphasized that every thought however good, only disturbs the soul and hinders God's work. The point is to lead a life of silent prayer and perfect love as do the perfect souls in heaven. 

The most fertile soil for the quietist movement was in France. The Carthusians in Paris had translated the biography of Catherina de Genova and spread it throughout France. Many people tried to attain inner unity with God through prayer of the heart and contemplation. In 1604, the discaleced Carmelite founded their first convent in Paris. The prioress Anna Garcias, the most fervent pupil of Teresa, soon founded convents in other cities. Quietistic mysticism spread all over France and much was written about it. Francois Malaval (1627-1719) was well-known for his book: "Pratique facile pour elever l'ame a la contemplation." This book was translated into Italian and has contributed much to the spreading of quietism in Italy. 

If the soul wishes to be lifted from mediation to contemplation is must desire, above all, to hear God; therefore it is necessary to bring the thinking process to a stop and to place the soul in the hands of an enlightened guide. The soul must come to a point where it hears God's voice.