31. Because boiling love aspires to union with the Beloved, it more ardently carries the spirit on high so that she might draw close to the source of light, and it alone gives access to the one who dawns from on high, enlightening those that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death(Lk 1:79). Through him things in motion and things known obtain their full and complete perfection, permitting the human spirit to be adorned by her merciful Beloved with the ardor of love and the beauty of light.
Unitive love not only brings the soul to possess the glory of eternal beatitude as she retreats from the body, not only brings her to live the celestial life on earth, not only do lower things no longer make the soul anxious and divert her from her actions stretching toward the heights-more than all that, the yearnings of unitive love leave behind in the soul a perfection of knowledge that is incomparably more complete than any sought out by study, hearing, or exercise of reason." pg. 118, 119 Hugh of Balma