„No matter how far the understanding of the soul is able to stretch itself, that is nothing in comparison to what it experiences when it is lifted beyond itself and placed in the bosom of God. Then the soul understands, finds its delight, and rests in the divine goodness; it cannot bring back any report of this, because it is completely beyond what the intelligence can conceive, and beyond words; but in this state the soul swims.“

—  Ângela de Foligno, p. 208
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„Beginning to understand what I am is far more fascinating, far more interesting; it goes beyond all this stupid comparison.“

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The soul ruins love.
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Not in another soul.
Only in God — or out of the world.
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Let your body talk to another body.
Because bodies understand each other, but souls don’t.“

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