Tagged: Meister Eckhart

Meister Eckhart – Predigt 52

Sermon 52 on  Blessed are the Poor (Matthew 5,3) is from Eckhart’s last period in life. I found the German text, and here it is: Beati pauperes spiritu, quoniam ipsorum est regnum caelorum. “Die Seligkeit selbst öffnete den Mund der Weisheit und sprach: „Selig, die arm sind an Geist, denn ihnen gehört das Himmelreich“. Alle Engel, alle Heiligen und alles, was geboren wurde, alle müssen sie schweigen, sobald die Weisheit des Vaters spricht. Ist doch allle Weisheit der Engel und aller Geschöpfe reine Torheit vor der unergründlichen Weisheit Gottes. Und sie hat behauptet, die Armen seien selig. Nun gibt es...

Meister Eckhart – Outward and Inward Morality

 I Cor. xv. 10.—“The Grace of God.” Grace is from God, and works in the depth of the soul whose powers it employs. It is a light which issues forth to do service under the guidance of the Spirit. The Divine Light permeates the soul, and lifts it above the turmoil of temporal things to rest in God. The soul cannot progress except with the light which God has given it as a nuptial gift; love works the likeness of God into the soul. The peace, freedom and blessedness of all souls consist in their abiding in God’s will. Towards...

Meister Eckhart – Self-Communication of God

St John xiv. 23.—“If a man loves me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” We read in the Gospels that Our Lord fed many people with five loaves and two fishes. Speaking parabolically, we may say that the first loaf was—that we should know ourselves, what we have been everlastingly to God, and what we now are to Him. The second—that we should pity our fellow Christian who is blinded; his loss should grieve us as much as our own. The third—that we...

Meister Eckhart – Sermon on True Hearing

ECCLESIASTICUS xxiv. 30.—”Whoso heareth Me shall not be confounded.” THE everlasting and paternal wisdom saith, “Whoso heareth Me is not ashamed.” If he is ashamed of anything he is ashamed of being ashamed. Whoso worketh in Me sineth not. Whoso confesseth Me and feareth Me, shall have eternal life. Whoso will hear the wisdom of the Father must dwell deep, and abide at home, and be at unity with himself. Three things hinder us from hearing the everlasting Word. The first is fleshliness, the second is distraction, the third is the illusion of time. If a man could get free...

Meister Eckhart

Meister Eckhart is a frequently-quoted German medieval theologian and mystic. He is popular in new-age environments and among spiritual seekers, but some of his statements can be interpreted as pantheistic, and therefore the Catholic Church always had some problems with him. His Life The following biographaphy is quoted from the Eckhart Society Webpage: “While there is no evidence as to the exact date of Meister Eckhart’s birth, scholars generally agree that he was born around 1260, in or near Erfurt which lies midway between Munich and Hamburg and north-east of Frankfurt, probably in a village called Tambach. He is thought...

Subject, Ego, Person

This short essay, written in August and September 2001, could also be entitled “The Religious Roots of  Our Concept of the Person.” I argue that: we need to make a distinction between “something” and “someone;” this was done in the past through a religious definition of the origin of the human being; it has been secularized into the concept of the person, The term expresses the internal relationship of “having a nature.” Therefore we are not just “something”, we are “someone,” and as such not entirely subjected to nature. Since the distinction itself is not natural, it works only if...