The Poor Caitiff. Chapter Twelve: Of Active Life and Contemplative Life

Contemplative life hath two parts, the lower consists in meditation, or thinking of holy scripture, and in other sweet thoughts of Jesus, and in the sweetness of prayers. The higher part is in the beholding of heavenly things, having the eye of the heart among the heavenly citizens, thinking on God, the beauty of angels, and holy souls. Contemplation is a wonderful joy in God’s love, which joy is a loving of God that cannot be told. And that wonderful love is in the soul, and for an abundance of joy and sweetness it ascends into the mouth; so that heart, tongue, body, and soul, joy together in God.

By John Wycliffe

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