To come to be what you are not
you must go by a way in which you are not.

– St John of the Cross

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Burn that is for my healing!Wound of delight past feeling!Ah, gentle hand whose touch is a caress, You detach and withdraw the soul from all the other touches of created things by the might of Your delicacy, and reserve it for and unite it to Yourself alone, so mild an effect do You leave in … Continue reading

Flame, living flame, compelling,yet tender past all telling,reaching the secret center of my soul ! Since this flame is a flame of divine life, it wounds the soul with the tenderness of God’s life, and it wounds and stirs it so deeply as to make it dissolve in love. What the bride affirmed in the … Continue reading

Soft breathing of the air,sweet song of nightingale above the plain,the graceful thicket, wherea night serene and fairbrings flame that burns, consuming with no pain. One should not think it impossible that the soul be capable of so sublime an activity as this breathing in God, through participation as God breathes in her. The result … Continue reading

There you’ll reveal to meall that my soul has longed for on the way –you, Love, my life will be! –there give without delaythe gift you gave to me that other day. That which the soul says He will reveal to her is essential glory, consisting in the vision of God’s being. … it is … Continue reading

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