Love Patience and Poverty in Your Heart, So
That Your Spirit May Unite and Collect Itself
A 2021 Editorial
The following text
from the work “Luz
e Calor”, by the
Oratorian thinker Manuel
Bernardes, published by Lello & Irmão
Portugal, 1991 edition in
two volumes, see
vol. I, pp. 319-320.
Manuel Bernardes was
born on 20
August 1644, and
died on 17 August 1710.
I add a few
The gift of tears
is placed as a mark or beacon on the path of Prayer, between corporeal and
spiritual things; and between viciousness and purity. As long as man does not
receive this gift, the property of his work remains in the outer man; nor can he
yet feel the efficacy of the hidden things of the inner and spiritual man.
But when someone starts to go further, to leave the
things of the outer world behind, and has passed the limit that defines it or
the realm of nature, then he comes to touch the grace of tears, by which he is
led to the perfect love of God.
And the more he walks, the more he gets rich in this gift, until he drinks the
tears mixed with what he drinks and eats: Potum
meum cum fletu miscebam! (Psalmus CI, Sixto-Clementine). And this is the
sure sign that his spirit left this world and entered the spiritual world,
which he has within himself.
There are tears that dissect and burn; and there are
others, which water and fertilize. Those that proceed from the heart because of
sins, dissect and burn the body, and offend the brain.  But through these, one gets to have another and better order
of tears, which emanate with no violence from the understanding; and they bring
the taste, the joy and the fertility of virtues. With the first ones, the soul
is washed, as in a hot bath. With the second, it is adorned, as with clear pearls.
To spend a large part of the night in holy exercises, must
be considered a very precious thing: so that you may find the divine
consolation that is the best to your soul. Persevere in the holy lesson, being
alone with yourself, so that your spirit may have a guide that will lead you to
the wonders and greatness of God.  Love
patience and poverty in your heart, so that your spirit may gather, unite and collect
itself, away from where it was vague and scattered. You must reject the low and
pleasant affability; that you may keep your thoughts undisturbed and not
confused. Withdraw from the many and take care of your soul; so that your inner
tranquility is not spoiled.
 The perfect affinity with the divine realm.
 Do harm to the brain.
 “God” is an exceedingly vague
word. In Theosophy, depending on the context, “God” can mean Universal Law, the
collectivity of divine and celestial intelligences, and in certain
circumstances the higher self, the “Lord”, Atma.
The article “The Science of Tears”
was published in the associated websites on 26 June 2021. It is also published
in Portuguese language.
The Congregation of the Oratory, to which Manuel Bernardes belonged, teaches
a mystical theology. Founded in 1575, the Oratory promotes ethical and
individual efforts in the search for wisdom. It has many points in common with
the classic Western philosophy and modern theosophy. In Portugal and other
countries, the pedagogy of self-responsibility stimulated by the Oratorians
makes a sharp contrast with the authoritarian centralism of the Jesuits. (CCA)
(photo) wrote these words: “Deserve,