“For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
“Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.”—Acts 20:29, 30
“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,”
Esoteric traditions of the old Inca empire by Peter Liefhebber
According to the old Incas, God is…the energy which holds everything together…This energy form of fire…is identical with God…
“…The outer wisdom was supposed to find its inner proof in
the hearts of the initiates…inwardly, they found their
own sun of love and fire. And they realized…the energy
of love which expresses itself through the sun finds its counterpart in the heart of man…The (few) Indians who reached this level of self knowledge…used the words: I AM.
They were called Hearts of fire…
from Incan Prophecy
by Willaru Huayta, Quechua Indian, Peru
Each person is a Sacred Temple. The altar of that temple is
the heart. The fire of love, a reflection of the greater
light, burns upon this altar. manataka.org/page260.html
The time has come to turn your heart into a temple of fire. Your essence is gold hidden in dust. To reveal its splendor you
need to burn in the fire of love.—Rumi
Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.
“Thinking gives off smoke to prove the existence of fire. A mystic sits inside the burning. There are wonderful shapes in rising smoke that imagination loves to watch. But it’s a mistake to leave the fire for that filmy sight. Stay here at the flame’s core.“—Rumi
Mechtild of Magdeburg
Mechtild states that she was daily greeted by the Holy Ghost, starting at age twelve. In 1230, she left her home…to become a Beguine at Magelebur, where under the Dominicans she led a life
of prayer and extreme mortification. Her heavenly inspirations
and ecstatic visions became more frequent…By [her confessor’s]
order she reluctantly wrote her visions…
Writing on hell…she represents Lucifer as chained by his sins in the lowest abyss of hell, all sin, agony, pestilence and ruin, that fill hell, purgatory, and earth, flowing from his burning heart and mouth.
Francis of Assisi [see also 1800s]
In 1219, Francis of Asisia, with a few companions, went on a pilgrimage of non-violence to Egypt…Frances was received by the sultan Melek-el-Kamel, and challenged the Muslim scholars to a test of true religion by fire, Francis proposed to enter the fire first….If he left the fire unharmed, then the sultan would have to recognize Christ as the true God…
Gertrude the Great
“…Gertrude the Great…was, in fact, the first great
exponent of devotion to the Sacred Heart…
“Hail! O Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and quickening source
of eternal life, infinite treasure of the Divinity, and burning
furnace of divine love. Thou art my refuge and my sanc-
tuary, 0 my amiable Savior. Consume my heart with
that burning fire with which Thine is ever inflamed…
let my heart be so united with Thine…”—Saint Gertrude
from Program for the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart
Message: The Two Hearts and The Mass
Song: I Love You, Jesus
Procession: to the enthroning of the picture of the Sacred Heart
Song: To Jesus Heart All Burning (or Oh Burning Heart)…
How deep is the love I and My Mother have for you? Our love is deeper than any human mind can imagine. Come into My Heart and be protected from all kinds of weather. The wind may blow and the fire of love may grow dim in your hearts, but it forever burns brightly when you are sheltered by My most Sacred Heart. If the wind blows and the rain comes, you will never lose the flame of My love if you have taken refuge in My most Sacred Heart.
Mary leads you to the closest union with Me. Go to Mary, see her, let her lead you deeply into My Heart…It is through her you will experience such intimacy with Me. It is through her heart that you are lead to the deepest union with the one, triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
I am your most Sacred Heart. I am Jesus, Son of God. I am a burning furnace of endless love, waiting to shelter you in My Heart…
Opening Hymn Heart of Jesus, Heart of Jesus,
Burning with love for me.
Inflame my heart, inflame my heart, With love, with love of Thee.
Richard Rolle The Fire of Love
Richard Rolle, an English religious writer, Bible translator, and hermit wrote, The “Fire of Love“, an account of his three kinds of mystical experiences—a physical warmth in his body, a sense of wonderful sweetness, and a heavenly music that accompanied him as he chanted the Psalms.
“I cannot tell you how surprised I was the first time I felt my heart begin to warm…and it felt as if it were actually on fire. I was astonished at the way the heat surged up and how this new sensation brought great and unexpected comfort.
…I was absolutely delighted, and wanted my love to be even greater. And this longing was all the more urgent because of the delightful effect and the interior sweetness which this spiritual flame fed into my soul. It set my soul aglow
as if a real fire was burning there.”
—excerpt from “The Fire of Love” by Richard Rolle
Catherine of Sienna
Catherine of Sienna, a Dominican, received a vision in which she was in a mystical marriage with Christ, and the Infant Christ presented her with a wedding ring. In 1375, it is said that Catherine received the Stigmata, but the marks did not appear outwardly in her body…She is sometimes portrayed by a heart—referring to the legend of her having changed hearts with Christ.
Eternal Trinity, Godhead…you are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being. Yes, you are a fire that takes away the coldness, illuminates the mind with its light, and causes me to know your truth…The food of angels, you gave yourself to man in the fire of your love.
—from “On Divine Providence” by Catherine of Siena
“The Bliss of Inner Fire;
Heart Practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa” by Lama Thubten Yeshe
In “The Bliss of Inner Fire” Lama Yeshe follows Je Tsongkhapa’s text, “Having the Three Convictions,” and introduces the renowned “Six Yogas of Naropa,” focusing mainly on the first of these six, the practice of inner fire. Mastery of inner fire quickly brings the mind to…an…ability to directly realize ultimate reality.
“We really need tantra these days because there is a tremendous explosion of delusion and distraction and we need the atomic energy of inner fire to blast us out of our delusion.”
Note: Je Tsongkhapa a famous teacher of Tibetan Buddhism.
Some of his teaching included the union of Sutra and Tantra.
Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-1984) was a Tibetan lama.
St. John of the Cross
John of the Cross describes the phenomenon of transverberation:
The soul being inflamed with the love of God which is interiorly attacked by a Seraph, who pierces it through with a fiery dart. This leaves the soul wounded, which causes it to suffer from the overflowing of divine love.
—from “The Second St. Francis”
You may remember that John of the Cross wrote the Dark Night of the Soul which describes the ten steps on the ladder of mystical love, previously described by Saint Thomas Aquinas and in part by Aristotle, and narrates the journey of the soul from her
bodily home to her union with God.
John also wrote Ascent of Mount Carmel a more systematic study
of the ascetical endeavour of a soul looking for perfect union, God, and the mystical events happening along the way. A four stanza work, “Living Flame of Love” describes a greater intimacy, as the soul responds to God’s love.
On the Feast of Pentecost, 1544, when Philip Neri begged most fervently for the graces and Gifts of the Holy Spirit, he became so inflamed with Divine love that he was unable to stand. He sank powerless to the ground and bared his breast, seeking thus to cool his burning heart.
“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
“But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness,
how great is that darkness!”—Matthew 6: 22-23
“…we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”—Hebrews 10:10
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”—1 Corinthians 1:30
3 D Part 3 Hearts burning, souls on fire: around 1557 to 1905