Henry Suso: This Can No Tongue Express, Nor Any Mind Conceive Sunday, Sep 30 2012 

Eternal Wisdom: Answer Me now a question. What is that of all lovely things which is most agreeable to a loving heart?

The Servant: Lord, to my understanding nothing is so agreeable to a loving heart as the beloved Himself and His sweet presence.

Eternal Wisdom: Even so. On this account, that nothing which belongs to true love might be wanting to those who love Me, did My unfathomable love, as soon as I had resolved to depart by death out of this world to My Father, compel Me to give Myself and My loving presence at the table of the last supper to My dear disciples, and in all future times to My elect, because I knew beforehand the misery which many a languishing heart would suffer for My sake.

The Servant: Oh, dearest Lord, and art Thou Thyself, Thy very Self, really here?

Eternal Wisdom: Thou hast Me in the sacrament, before thee and with thee, as truly and really God and Man, according to soul and body, with flesh and blood, as truly as My pure Mother carried Me in her arms, and as truly as I am in heaven in My perfect glory.

The Servant: […] Tender Lord, it is a marvel to me (if I may venture to say so) how the beautiful, the delightful and glorified body of my Lord in all its greatness, in all its divinity, can thus essentially conceal itself under the little shape of the bread which, relatively considered, is so out of all relation. […]

Eternal Wisdom: In what manner My glorified body and My soul, according to the whole truth, are in the Sacrament, this can no tongue express, nor any mind conceive, for it is a work of My omnipotence. Therefore oughtest thou to believe it in all simplicity, and not pry much into it.

[…] Why shouldst thou wish…to understand what surpasses all the earth, all the heavens, and all the senses? Or why wilt thou needs inquire into it?

Behold, all such wondering and prying thoughts proceed alone from grossness of sense, which takes divine and supernatural things after the likeness of things earthly and natural, and such is not the case.

If a woman were to give birth to a child in a dark tower, and it were to be brought up there, and its mother were to tell it of the sun and the stars, the child would marvel greatly, and would think it all against reason and incredible, which its mother, nevertheless, knows so well to be true.

Henry Suso (c. 1296 – 1366):The Little Book of Divine Wisdom, 2,23.

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Henry Suso: I Shall Adorn Her Interiorly with the Beautiful Garment of the Eternal Light of Glory Saturday, May 29 2010 

Eternal Wisdom: Lo, to this very fatherland I shall carry home from misery and tribulation, arrayed in all the richness of her rich morning gift, My beloved bride in My arms.

I shall adorn her interiorly with the beautiful garment of the eternal light of that glory which will exalt her above all her natural powers.

She will be clothed exteriorly with the glorified body, which is seven times brighter than the sun’s light, swift, subtle, and to suffering, impassive.

Then I shall put on her the crown of delight, and on the crown a golden garland.

The Servant: Gentle Lord, what is the morning gift, and what the crown and golden garland?

Eternal Wisdom: The morning gift is a clear vision of that which here below thou dost merely believe in, an actual comprehending of that which now thou hopest for, and a heartfelt pleasant enjoyment of that which on earth thou lovest.

As to the beautiful crown, it is essential reward, but the blooming garland is accidental reward.

The Servant: Lord, what is that?

Eternal Wisdom: Accidental reward consists in such particular delight as souls obtain by particular and meritorious works wherewith they have conquered here below, even as the souls of great doctors, steadfast martyrs, and pure virgins.

But essential reward consists in the contemplative union of the soul with the pure Divinity, for she can never rest till she be borne above all her powers and capacities, and introduced to the natural entity of the Persons, and to the clear vision of their real essence.

And in the emanation of the splendour of Their essence she will find full and perfect satisfaction and everlasting happiness.

And the more disengaged and abstracted the self-egression of such souls is, the more free will be their soaring exaltation.

And the more free their exaltation, the deeper will be their penetration into the vast wilderness and unfathomable abyss of the unknown Godhead, wherein they are immersed, overflowed, and blended up.

There they desire to have no other will than God’s will, and that they become the very same that God is – in other words, that they be made blessed by grace as He is by nature.

Henry Suso (c. 1296 – 1366): The Little Book of Divine Wisdom, 1,12.

Henry Suso: Unlock Thy Interior Sense Friday, Feb 26 2010 

The Servant: Lord, people say as follows: that how sweet soever Thy love may be, Thou dost yet allow it to prove very harsh to Thy friends in the many severe trials which Thou sendest them, such as worldly scorn and much adversity, both inwardly and outwardly.

Scarcely is any one, say they, admitted to Thy friendship, but he has forthwith to gather up his courage for suffering.

Lord, by Thy goodness! what sweetness can they have in all this? Or how canst Thou permit it in Thy friends? Or art Thou pleased not to know anything about it?

[…]  Lord, on this account there are also indeed many who, when they gain Thy friendship, and ought to prove constant in suffering, fall off from Thee; and (woe is me! that I must say it in sorrow of heart, and with bitter tears) relapse to that state which, through Thee, they had forsaken. O my Lord, what hast Thou to say to this?

Eternal Wisdom: This is the complaint of persons of a sick faith and of small works, of a lukewarm life, and undisciplined spirit.

But thou, beloved soul, up with thy mind out of the slime and deep slough of carnal delights! Unlock thy interior sense, open thy spiritual eyes and see.

Mark well what thou art, where thou art, and whither thou dost belong; for then shalt thou understand that I do the very best for My friends.

According to thy natural essence thou art a mirror of the Divinity, thou art an image of the Trinity, and a copy of eternity.

For as I, in My eternal uncreated entity, am the good which is infinite, so art thou according to thy desires, fathomless, and as little as a small drop can yield in the vast depth of the sea, just so little can all that this world is able to afford contribute to the fulfillment of thy desires.

Thus, then, art thou in this wretched valley of tears, where joy and sorrow, laughing and weeping, mirth and sadness, are mingled together; where no heart ever obtained perfect happiness; for it is false and deceitful, more than I will tell thee.

It promises much and performs little; it is short, uncertain, and changeable; to-day much joy, tomorrow a heart full of woe. Behold, such is the disport of this scene of time!

Henry Suso (c. 1296 – 1366): The Little Book of Divine Wisdom, 1,10.


Henry Suso: What is the Kingdom of Heaven, O Lord, Which is in the Soul? Wednesday, Feb 17 2010 

Eternal Wisdom: He who will needs have love in time, must know how to bear weal and woe. It is not enough to devote to Me only a portion of the day.

He who would enjoy God’s intimacy, who would hear His mysterious words, and mark their secret meaning, ought always to keep within doors.

Alas! how is it that thou always permittest thy eyes to wander so thoughtlessly around, when thou hast standing before thee the Blessed and Eternal Image of the Godhead which never for a moment turns away from thee?

Why dost thou let thy ears escape from thee when I address thee so many a sweet word?

How is it that thou so readily forgettest thyself when thou art so perfectly encompassed with the eternal good?

What is it thy soul seeks in exterior things who carries within herself so secretly the kingdom of heaven?

The Servant: What is the kingdom of heaven, O Lord, which is in the soul?

Eternal Wisdom: It is righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

The Servant: Lord, I understand from this discourse, that Thou hast much hidden intercourse with the soul, which is wholly hidden from her, and that Thou dost secretly attract the soul, and dost leisurely initiate her into the love and knowledge of Thy high divinity, her who at first was only concerned with Thy fair humanity.

Henry Suso (c. 1296 – 1366): The Little Book of Divine Wisdom, 1,9.


Henry Suso: In the Ante-Chamber of Eternal Salvation Monday, Feb 1 2010 

Lord, truly I seek and find in myself a great inequality.

When my soul is deserted, she is like a sick person who can relish nothing; who is disgusted with everything; the body is languid, the spirits are dull; dryness within, and sadness without.

All that I see and hear is then repugnant to me, and I know not how good it is, for I have lost all discrimination. I am then inclined to sin, weak in resisting my enemies, cold and lukewarm in all that is good.

He who visits me finds an empty house, for the master, who gives wise counsel and makes all the family glad at heart, is not within.

But, Lord, when in the midst of my soul the bright morning star rises, all my sorrow passes away, all my darkness is scattered, and laughing cheerfulness appears.

Lord, then leaps my heart, then are my spirits gladdened, then rejoices my soul, then is it my marriage feast, while all that is in me or about me is turned to Thy praise.

What before was hard, troublesome, and impossible, becomes easy and pleasant; fasting, watching, praying, self-denial, and every sort of rigour, are made sweet by Thy presence.

Then do I acquire great assurance in many things, which, in my dereliction I had lost; my soul is then overflowed with clearness, truth, and sweetness, so that she forgets all her toil.

My heart can sweetly meditate, my tongue loftily discourse, and whoever seeks high counsel from me touching his heart’s desire finds it; for then I am as though I had overstepped the bounds of time and space, and stood in the ante-chamber of eternal salvation.

Alas, Lord! who will grant that it might only be of longer duration, for behold, in a moment it is snatched away, and I am again stripped and forsaken.

Sometimes I pursue it as if I had never gained it, till at last, after much sorrow and trouble of heart, it comes back.

Henry Suso (c. 1296 – 1366): The Little Book of Divine Wisdom, 1,9.


Henry Suso: Presence and Hiddenness of God Thursday, Jan 28 2010 

Eternal Wisdom: Nothing tastes better to the very highest angel than, in all things, to do My will; so that if he knew that it would tend to My praise to root up nettles and other weeds it would be for him, of all things, the most desirable to perform.

The Servant: Ah, Lord, how dost Thou strike home to me with this question! For surely Thy meaning is, that I ought to keep myself disengaged and serene in joy, and seek Thy praise alone, both in sorrow and delight.

Eternal Wisdom: A desertion above all desertion is to be deserted in desertion.

The Servant: Alas! Lord, but it is a very heavy woe.

Eternal Wisdom: Where is virtue preserved except in adversity? Yet know that I often come and ask for admission into my house, and am denied. Often am I received like a poor pilgrim, and meanly entertained, and speedily driven out.

I come even to My beloved, and fondly take up My abode with her, but this takes place so secretly that it is totally hidden from all men, except those only who live in entire seclusion, and perceive My ways, who are ever careful to correspond to My graces.

For in virtue of My divinity, I am a perfectly pure essential spirit, and am spiritually received into pure spirits.

The Servant: Gentle Lord, methinks Thou art altogether a hidden lover, therefore I desire Thou wouldst give me some signs of Thy true presence.

Eternal Wisdom: In nothing canst thou discern My presence so well as in this, namely, when I hide and withdraw Myself from the soul, as not till then art thou capable of perceiving who I am or what thou art.

I am the Eternal Good, without which no one has any good. When I, the Eternal Good, pour Myself out so graciously and lovingly, everything into which I enter is made good.

By this goodness My presence is to be known even as is the sun by his brightness, who, in his substance, is yet not to be seen.

If ever thou art sensible of Me, enter into thyself and learn to separate the roses from the thorns, and to choose out the flowers from the grass.

Henry Suso (c. 1296 – 1366): The Little Book of Divine Wisdom, 1,9.


Henry Suso: Imitating the Cross of Christ Tuesday, Nov 17 2009 

Eternal Wisdom says: You should give yourself and all that is yours to me cheerfully, and never take them back.

All that is not of absolute necessity to you you should leave untouched; then will your hands be truly nailed to my cross.

You should cheerfully set about good works and persevere in them; then will your left foot be made fast.

Your inconstant mind and wandering thoughts you should make constant and collected in me; and thus your right foot will be nailed to my cross.

Your mental and bodily powers must not seek rest in lukewarmness; in the likeness of my arms they should be stretched out in my service.

Your sickly body must often, in honour of my dislocated bones, be wearied out in spiritual exercises, and rendered incapable of fulfilling its own desires.

Many an unknown suffering must strain you to me on the narrow bed of the cross, by which you wilt become lovely like me, and of the colour of blood.

The withering away of your nature must make me blooming again; your spontaneous hardships must be to my weary back as a bed.

Your resolute resistance to sin must relieve my spirit; your devout heart must soften my pains, and your high flaming heart must kindle my fervid heart.

Henry Suso (c. 1296 – 1366): The Little Book of Divine Wisdom, 1,5


Henry Suso: Abyss of Infinite Mercy Sunday, Oct 18 2009 

Eternal Wisdom says: Do you not know me? What! Are you fallen so low, or have you lost your senses, because of your great trouble, my tender child?

And yet it is I, the all-merciful Wisdom, I who have opened wide the abyss of infinite mercy, which is, however, hidden from all the saints, to receive you and all penitent hearts.

It is I, the sweet Eternal Wisdom, who became wretched and poor that I might guide you back again to your dignity. It is I, who suffered bitter death that I might bring you again to life.

Lo, here I am, pale, bloody, affectionate, as when suspended between you and the severe judgment of my Father, on the lofty gibbet of the cross. It is I, your brother. Behold, it is I, your bridegroom!

Everything that you ever didst against me will I wholly forget, as though it had never happened, provided only that you return to me, and never quit me more.

Wash yourself in my precious blood, lift up your head, open your eyes, and be of good cheer. Receive as a token of entire peace and complete expiation my wedding ring on your hand, receive your first robe, shoes on your feet, and the fond name of my bride for ever!

Lo, I have garnered you up with such bitter toil! Therefore, if the whole world were a consuming fire, and there lay in the midst of it a handful of flax, it would not, from its very nature, be so susceptible of the burning flame as the abyss of my mercy is ready to pardon a repentant sinner, and blot out his sins.

Henry Suso (c. 1296 – 1366): The Little Book of Divine Wisdom, 1,5