I am aware of a connection to a reality larger than my daily rounds. I am aware of the presence of, and influence of, spirit guides who are in our lives to foster our well-being and to help us through difficulties in life. It is a door to a wider place. Knowing that I am part of everything, from the beginning to now to forever. Connecting with and accepting responsibility for all on our Earth home and believing that gratitude and love are powerful tools.
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Mystics: Ten Who Show Us the Ways of God by Father Murray Bodo (Paperback / softback, 2007)
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Information about her comes primarily from her Revelations of Divine Love in Sixteen Showings , the book in which Julian recorded her divine visions. In , she became ill and nearly died within a matter of days. A priest came to her bedside and show her an image of Christ, after which Julian recovered and received the 16 revelations that she recorded in her book. Learn it well: Love was his meaning. Who showed it to you? Why did he show it to you?
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Bridget of Sweden. Both men and women joined the community, with separate cloisters. They lived in poor convents and were instructed to give all surplus income to the poor. In , Bridget braved the plague, which was ravaging Europe, to pilgrimage to Rome in order to obtain authorization for her new order from the pope.
It would be 20 years before she received this authorization, but Bridget quickly became known throughout Europe for her piety. She was canonized in , less than 20 years after her death. Beatrice of Silva. She lived at the convent until , when she believed God summoned her to found a religious order.
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She started the Congregation of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, where she lived and served as superior until her death circa Beatrice reportedly received a vision of the Virgin Mary dressed in a white habit with a white scapular and blue mantle, which formed the basis of the dress for her order. Pope Paul VI canonized St. Beatrice in Angela of Foligno. A series of events, which included a violent earthquake in and an ongoing war against Perugia lead her to call upon St Francis, who appeared to her in a vision and instructed her to go to confession.
Three years later, her mother, husband and all of her children died in the span of a few months. Angela then sold her possessions and in enrolled in the Third Order of St Francis.
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Francis of Assisi. Mechthild of Magdeburg. The German mystic decided at age 22 to devote her life to God and authored a text entitled The Flowing Light of the Godhead. She entered the convent of Helfta in and used poetry to express her divine revelations. Yet, I in my weakness have written it, because I dared not hide the gift that is in it.
Hadewijch was a Flemish mystic who was part of the Beguine movement , a network of ascetic and philanthropic communities of women that arose primarily in the Netherlands in the 13th century. Little is known about her life outside of her writings, which include a collection of letters on the spiritual life of the Beguines, as well as a book of visions.
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