The Path of Purification

William Johnston

in The Mysticism of the Cloud of Unknowing

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780823220748
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236824 | DOI:
The Path of Purification

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This chapter examines how purification is performed. It notes that man, scattered by sin, must pass though a purification of both sense and spirit in order to be unified in self and be available to union with God. Active purification means the rejection of attachment to desires which cause dispersion. Passive purification is purgatorial suffering, caused by an intense love of God, which burns out concupiscence or the roots of sin. In the road from dispersion to unity, violent temptations may arise in the depths of the soul. These are overcome by utter passivity, tranquil trust in God, and abandonment of self.

Keywords: active purification; passive purification; concupiscence; sin; unity

Chapter.  7868 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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