Meister Eckhart (1260 –1327) ON PRAYER

[This is the fourth of a series of posts featuring a saint, mystic, or writer to include some of their thoughts on prayer as well as a prayer written by or him or her.  Like many before and following, this mystic ran afoul of some church officials over theological, not spiritual, issues and is unlikely to ever be canonized.]

The strongest prayer, one well-nigh almighty in what it can effect, and the most exalted work a man can do proceed from a pure heart…. A pure heart is capable of anything…. A pure heart is one that is unencumbered, unworried, uncommitted, and which does not want its own way about anything but which, rather, is submerged in the loving will of God, having denied self.   

All people are not called to God by the same road, as St. Paul says.… God never tied man’s salvation to any pattern. Let a person choose one good way [of meditation, prayer, etc.] for himself and stick to it… We must see that all good ways belong together in the One Way.

One ought to become a God-seeker in all things and a God-finder at all times. 

The foundation of spiritual blessing is this: that the soul look at God without anything between.

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “Thank You”, that would suffice.

A Prayer by Meister Eckhart
O high abundance of divine nature, 
show me your way
that in Thy wisdom Thou hast ordained
and open to me the precious treasure chest
to which Thou hast invited me: (namely to be able)
to understand with intelligence above all creatures,
to love with the angels and to be familiar
with Thy true born Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ,
and to inherit from Thee and to receive Thee
according to Thy eternal wisdom.
And with Thy help, to keep away from all evil.

[The illustration is courtesy of the Eckhart Society of Australia] 


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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One Response to Meister Eckhart (1260 –1327) ON PRAYER

  1. SaintlySages says:

    Hints of pantheism and quietism are sure to get a preacher in trouble. A tragic case, like that of Origen. God bless!

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