The Spiritual Marriage

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 Spiritual Marriage

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The author notes that one who desires to see god can only do so when he has cleansed his soul at the well of Confession and when his spirit is purified by the cloud of forgetting and the purgatorial suffering of the passive nights. Only then can he see God in the mirror of his soul. For both the author and St. John of the Cross, the supreme union is not in vision of God but in love. The most sublime Trinitarian union is hinted but not described in detail.

Keywords: Trinity; mystical marriage; love; vision; God; mirror; soul

Chapter.  5479 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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