Sea of Love

Burn that is for my healing!
Wound of delight past feeling!

Who can fittingly speak of this intimate point of the wound, which seems to be in the middle of the heart of the spirit, there where the soul experiences the excellence of the delight? The soul feels that the point is like a tiny mustard seed, very much alive and enkindled, sending into its surroundings a living and enkindled fire of love. The fire issuing from the substance and power of that living point is felt to be subtly diffused through all the spiritual and substantial veins of the soul in the measure of the soul’s power and strength. The soul feels its ardour strengthen and increase and its love become so refined in this ardour that seemingly there are seas of loving fire within it, reaching to the heights and depths of the earthly and heavenly spheres, imbuing all with love. It seems to it that the entire universe is a sea of love in which it is engulfed.

St John of the Cross. The Living Flame of Love. 2:10

 

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