holy quotations for purification of the soul
for reflection and meditation
'And the fountains of waters appeared, and the foundations of the world were revealed.'
'Who will give water to my head, and to mine eyes a fountain of tears? and I will weep day & night for the slain of the daughter of my people.'
Prophecy of Jeremie 9:1
'Even as the hart desireth after the fountains of waters: so doth my soul desire after thee O God.'
'You shall draw waters in joy out of the Saviour's fountains.'
Prophecy of Isaie 12:3
'Also being past the Red Sea, they possessed the deserts of Mount Sinai, in which never man could dwell, or son of man rested. There bitter Fountains were made sweet for them to Drink, and for forty years they received meat from heaven. Wheresoever they entered without bow and arrow, and without shield and sword, their God fought for them, and overcame.'
'And departing from Mara, they came into Elim, where there were the twelve fountains of waters, and the seventy palm trees: and there they camped.'
'Fear not O mother of the children, because I have chosen thee, saith our Lord.
I will send thee aid, my servants I say, and Jeremie, at whose counsel I have sanctified, and prepared for thee twelve trees laden with diverse fruits, and as many fountains flowing milk and honey: and seven huge mountains, having the rose and the lily, in the which I will fill thy children with joy.'
4 Esdras 2:17-19
'But he that shall drink of the water that I will give him, shall become in him a fountain of water springing up unto life everlasting.'
'And he said to me: It is done, I am Alpha and Omega: the beginning and the end. To him that thirsteth I will give of the fountain of the water of life, gratis.
He that shall overcome, shall possess these things, and I will be his God: and he shall be my son.'
'Without love the soul of man cannot exist. Her affections must be fixed on God or on creatures: if she love not creatures, she will certainly love God. Hence, the Holy Ghost exhorts us to guard our hearts with the utmost vigilance against all affections which have not God for their object: With all watchfulness keep thy heart, because life issueth out from it. While the heart loves God, the soul shall have life; but if the heart transfer its affections to creatures, spiritual death will be the inevitable consequence. In order, then, to become a saint, the spouse of the Lamb must expel from her soul what soever has not God for its end and object.
When any one demanded admission into the Society of the Fathers of the Desert, they answered him by the following question: "Do you bring a vacant heart, that it may be filled by the Holy Ghost?" Justly did they require a soul detached from earthly goods; for a heart in which the world dwells cannot be replenished with the love of God. Whoever brings to the fountain a vessel replete with sand, will labor in vain to fill it with water unless it be first emptied of its contents.'
St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori
'He is the Fountain of life, in whom dwelleth and from whom floweth the fullness of all grace. Prepare, then, the way for the waters of grace.'
St. Bernard of Clairvaux