God’s Word or Man’s Words and Experience 3 D Part 3 burning hearts and souls afire

Intro Part 1 Part 2

God’s WORD

    “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”—Isaiah 5:20

    “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”—Galatians 1:8

    “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge
    of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
    —2 Corinthians 4:6

Around 1557

Teresa of Avila 1515–1582
Around 1557–1559, Teresa of Avila tells of her mystical marriage to Christ, and the piercing of her heart.

“I saw an angel very near me…in bodily form…rather small than large, and very beautiful. His face was so shining that he seemed to be one of those…who look as if all on fire with divine love. He had in his hands a long golden dart; at the end of the point methought there was a little fire. And I felt him thrust it several times through my heart in such a way that it passed through my very bowels. And when he drew it out, me thought it pulled them out with it and left me wholly on fire with a great love of God.” ewtn.com/library/MARY/AVILA.htm

“The pain was so severe that it made me utter several moans. The sweetness caused by this intense pain is so extreme that one can not possibly wish it to cease, nor is one’s soul content with anything but God. This is not a physical but a spiritual pain…” boglewood.com/cornaro/xteresa.html

Teresa considered her visions as inferior to the quiet sense of union with God that she achieved later in life. mcs.drexel.edu/~gbrandal/Illum_html/Teresa.html

Through prayer a divine spark of the Lord’s true love begins to enkindle in the soul…If we do not extinguish it, through our own fault, this tiny divine spark is what will begin to enkindle in our soul the large fire that throws forth the flames of the Lord’s love. Further prayer creates union of the soul with the Lord’s love

“…in mystical theology…The way the soul goes forth from itself is comparable to what happens when a fire is burning and flameing as it becomes a forceful blaze

What I am attempting to explain is what the soul feels when it is in this divine union…In this pain the soul is purified and fashioned or purged like gold in the crucible.
—from Saint Teresa of Avila, “The Book of Her Life”


Margaret Mary Alacoque
“His Divine Heart was ‘more radiant than the sun and as transparent as crystal,’ with its adorable wound visible, and as a “furnace” of burning flames.”Margaret Mary

The current Sacred Heart Devotion dates from the revelations given to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1673-75.

Margaret Mary’s had a vision on December 27, 1673: “Jesus showed His Heart to St. Margaret Mary, surrounded with thorns, with a cross on top, and in a throne of flames…”

…Jesus said to her: “My divine heart is so full of love for men and for you in particular that, no longer able to contain within itself the flames of its burning charity, it must spread these flames by means of you…”

1710 to 1784

“Saint” Germain
“Saint” Germain teaching says the soul is a vehicle to “realize and integrate the energies of Spirit, through the Real or permanent self called the IAM Presence.”

One of the beliefs is that the Violet Flame becomes an agent for this transformation. “When you invoke it in the name of God, it descends as a beam of spiritual energy and bursts into a spiritual flame in your heart…”

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Abbot Dom Guerange comments on Francis of Assissi
“…Francis understood by his vision that the soul must come to resemble Christ by the ardors of its interior fire, rather than by any physical, exterior means…You reproduced the sacred marks of Your passion in the body of the most blessed Francis, in order that Your love might also set our hearts afire.’”—From 19th century Abbot, Dom Guéranger; “The Time after Pentecost V”


Freemasonry’s Scottish Rite
The Scottish Rite was formed May 1801, at the Mother Supreme Council at Charleston, South Carolina.

Scottish Rite’s 11th Degree, Elu Of The Twelve,
A Heart Aflame

The 11th Degree apron is white, lined and bordered in black, and with a black flap…On the apron is a flaming heart, a symbol repeated on the cordon. The flaming heart represents zeal and devotedness

1805 to 1844

Joseph Smith Jr.
Joseph Smith Jr., (1805 to 1844), was the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Burning in the Bosom
What they receive is sometimes called a “burning in the bosom” as a confirmation of truth.

One of the foundations of Mormonism is its insistence that a person seek the truth by praying for a private, special revelation from the Holy Spirit:

“…Heavenly Father will answer their prayers, typically through feelings of their hearts and thoughts in their minds.” (“Preach the Gospel,” Mormon Missionaries’ 2004 handbook)


Spurgeon’s Sermons on New Testament Women
by Charles Haddon Spurgeon;
published in 1994 by Kregel Publications

p. 74
“…the flaming torch of the love of Jesus should be brought into everyone of our hearts, and that all our passions should be set ablaze with love to Him…”

p. 152
“A heart that is burning with love has about it a sevenfold energy whose capacity it would be hard to calculate…”


Samuel Chadwick
Samuel Chadwick began lecturing weekly at Cliff College in 1904, and in 1913, was formally appointed principal. Chadwick wrote
“The Way to Pentecost” which was printed in 1932.

The soul’s safety is in its heatDestitute of the Fire of God, nothing else counts; possessing Fire, nothing else matters.”—“The Way to Pentecost” by S. Chadwick


The Scapular of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
This scapular originated with the Sons of the lmmaculate Heart of Mary in 1877…and is of white woollen cloth: on the portion which hangs before the breast is represented the burning heart of Mary, out of which grows a lily; the heart is encircled by a wreath of roses and pierced with a sword.

The meaning of the burning heart of Mary is one of burning love beating in union with the heart of Her son, and partaking in His suffering.

1880 to 1949

“Initiation, Human and Solar” by Alice Bailey
“Let the disciple search within the heart’s deep cave.
If there the fire burns bright
—from Chapter XIX: Rules for Applicants

1894 to 1941

Maximilian Kolbe
For Maximilian Kolbe, receiving the Heart of Christ in the Eucharist meant to have our hearts consumed by his love and be purified of all that opposes love.

Love by essence must transform us. It must consume us and through us enkindle the fire in the world. It must destroy and make disappear the evil that is in it.”—Maximilian

Love does not rest idle, but spreads like fire which draws everything to itself. And we also, members of the Crusade of Mary Immaculate, must strive that we ourselves should be transformed in these flames of love—and then that the same fire may transform all the souls which are and which ever will be in the world.”—Maximilian Kolbe


Gemma Galgani
“It is not possible to have a union of love more profound and more total: he in me and I in him. The one in the other, what more could we want? “ St. Gemma Galgani.

Legend says that Gemma began to display signs of the stigmata in 1899, at the age of twenty-one. On June 8, 1899, the evening before the Feast of the Sacred Heart, while Gemma, was praying the Holy Hour with Jesus in his sufferings, she experienced the deepest love for him.

“All of a sudden I felt a piercing sorrow for my sins…grief, love, fear, hope encouragement…I found myself in the presence of my dear heavenly Mother…She opened her mantle and covered me with it. At that moment Jesus appeared with all his wounds open; but from those wounds there no longer came forth blood but flames of fire. In an instant those flames came to touch my hands, my feet and my heart….then I found myself kneeling; but I still felt great pain in my hands, feet and heart. I rose to go to bed and became aware that blood was flowing from those parts where I felt pain….those pains did not leave me until three o’clock on Friday—the Feast of the Sacred Heart.”—from passionist.org/gpih/gemma_galgani

1905 to 1938

“Saint” Faustina
“Saint” Faustina…an “apostle” of the Mercy of the Heart of God, considered a special aspect of her life to be transformed into a living host. “Transform me in yourself, oh Jesus, that I may be a living sacrifice. I desire to atone at each moment for poor sinners,” she prayed.

“One day the Lord, took her heart and introduced it into the flames of his merciful heart. Then he said to her, “my daughter, I have taken you into the depth of my merciful heart to reflect in your own heart my mercy; only then can you proclaim it to the world. May you enkindle the world with it.”

“We must conquer the world and win each individual soul, now, and in the future, to the end of time for the Immaculate, and by her for the Sacred Heart of Jesus.” Through the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Mother, we are being led to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, the burning furnace of love, for our hearts to be transformed in living hosts, living witness to love and of self oblation

“Her entire life, in imitation of Christ’s, was to be a sacrifice—a life lived for others. At the Divine Lord’s request, she willingly offered her personal sufferings in union with Him to atone for the sins of others.”

God’s WORD

    “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”—Acts 26:18

    “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;”—Acts 3:19

    “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”—1 Corinthians 2:5

    “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”—2 Thessalonians 2:10

    “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”—Ephesians 6:12

3 D Part 4 Hearts burning, souls on fire: 1897 to 1932

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