(c. 1260 - c. 1328)

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The most powerful prayer, one well-nigh omnipotent to gain all things, and the noblest work of all is that which proceeds from a bare mind. The more bare it is, the more powerful, worthy, useful, praiseworthy and perfect the prayer and the work. A bare mind can do all things. What is a bare mind?  

A bare mind is one which is worried by nothing and is tied to nothing, which has not bound its best part to any mode, does not seek its own in anything, that is fully immersed in God's dearest will and gone out of its own. A man can do no work however paltry that does not derive power and strength from this source. We should pray so intently, as if we would have all members and all powers turned to it - eyes, ears, mouth, heart and all the senses; and we should never until we find ourselves about to be united with Him whom we have in mind and are praying to: that is  -  God.


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In their many different idioms the classical spiritual writers have attempted to throw light on the eternal question of union with God. 
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