Will and understanding


[1 of 1] Bernardino de Laredo (1482-1540, Spain): primary subject "Eye(s)" (search under Outer Life/Body)"
It must be understood that the eyes of our soul are the will and the understanding. With the understanding the soul looks as it were into a mirror and sees in the creatures the Creator of them all. In this gazing into a mirror, and seeing the reflection of the creatures, this eye must be completely closed. The second eye, wherewith the soul gazes upon God without seeing aught created, is the noble strength of the soul—that is to say, the will. And this eye never gazes fixedly at the Beloved without the penetrating of the heart by the ray of love which proceeds from its interior splendor.