Literary and Spiritual Excerpts

Union of the soul with God

English lawyer and Catholic writer Charles Butler withdrew from public life to concentrate on redressing injustices

Charles Butler Mystical theology is defined to be an union of the soul with God—so intimate, that her essence is, in a manner, transformed into the essence of God, and, in consequence of it, she ...

Is human nature inherently good or bad?

Yang Xiong's The Fayan collects dialogues and aphorisms on a wide variety of philosophical questions

Yang Xiong As for the sage’s governance of all under Heaven, he uses li and music as the standard. If there were no li and music, then people would be the same as beasts. If ...

His tenderest mercies

Known for his polemical works against anti-Catholic laws

Charles Plowden, SJ Ages succeed ages; empires subvert empires. But the empire of Jesus Christ perseveres ever one and the same, ever persecuted and ever conquering. Because all human revolutions are entirely subservient to it, ...

Is man by nature good or evil?

The Book of Rites is part of the core Confucian canon

The Book of Rites As ruling over all, under the sky, (the king) is called “The son of Heaven.” …His death is announced in the words, “The king by (the grace of) Heaven has fallen.” ...

Joseph Reeve, SJ: writer of the history of the Catholic faith in England

"It is not necessary to ascend in spirit into Heaven, as if he resided nowhere else"

Joseph Reeve, SJ To enjoy the presence of God in the manner that is suited to our mortal state, it is not necessary to ascend in spirit into Heaven, as if he resided nowhere else. ...

Chinese philosopher Mencius asserted that human nature was innately good

And only society’s influence caused bad moral character

Mencius If a man love others, and no responsive attachment is shown to him, let him turn inwards and examine his own benevolence. If he is trying to rule others, and his government is unsuccessful, ...

A free-thinking view of Christianity

An excerpt from God and the World by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A free-thinking view of Christianity

A change in the aura of the world

Where the Yin and Yang were out of balance

A change in the aura of the world

Your visit to that temple invisible

I cannot teach you the prayer of the seas and the forests and the mountains

When you pray you rise to meet in the air those who are praying at that very hour, and whom save in prayer you may not meet. Therefore let your visit to that temple invisible ...

The skillful carrying forward of their undertakings

As easy as to look into his palm

The skillful carrying forward of their undertakings

He is therefore happy

“Thou art the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”

He is therefore happy

The servants of a Master

The credentials of that revelation should be tested

The servants of a Master

Sañjaya Belatthiputta

"Both... neither exists nor doesn’t exist after death"

Sañjaya Belatthiputta

A word on angels

"A communion of spiritual commerce"

A word on angels

Who shall overcome this earth?

And the world of Yama, and the world of the gods?

Who shall overcome this earth?

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