Prayer is naught else but a yearning of soul ... it draws down the great God into the little heart; it drives the hungry soul up to the plenitude of God; it brings together these two lovers, God and the soul, in a wondrous place where they speak much of love.

— Mechthild of Magdeburg

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Lord, you are my lover, my longing, my flowing stream, my sun, and I am your reflection.


I was created in love. For that reason nothing can express my beauty nor liberate me except love alone.


A Light of utmost splendor glows on the eyes of my soul.

Therein have I seen the inexpressible ordering of all things, and recognized God's unspeakable glory -- that incomprehensible wonder -- the tender caress between God and the soul...the unmingled joy of union, the living love of eternity as it now is and evermore shall be.


Those who would know much, and love little, will ever remain at but the beginning of a godly life.


From suffering I have learned this: that whoever is sore wounded by love will never be made whole unless she embraces the very same love which wounded her.


Fish cannot drown in water. Birds cannot sink in air. This has God given to all creatures, to foster and seek their own nature. How then can I withstand mine?


I cannot dance, O Lord, unless You lead me.


I have seen a place-its name is Eternal Hatred It is built in the deepest abyss of the stones of mortal sin. Pride was the first stone-this was seen in Lucifer.


God, give me by Your grace what You give to dogs by nature.


A fish cannot drown in water, A bird does not fall in air.

In the fire of creation, God doesn't vanish: The fire brightens. Each creature God made must live in its own true nature; How could I resist my nature, That lives for oneness with God?


One day I saw with the eyes of my eternity in bliss and without effort, a stone.

It tasted sweet, like heavenly herbs.


How should one live? Live Welcoming to all.


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Stupidity is sufficient unto itself. Wisdom can never learn enough.


If you love the justice of Jesus Christ more than you fear human judgment then you will seek to do compassion. Compassion means that if I see my friend and my enemy in equal need, I shall help them both equally. Justice demands that we seek and find the stranger, the broken, the prisoner and comfort them and offer them our help. Here lies the holy compassion of God that causes the devils much distress.


The day of my spiritual awakening was the day I saw and knew I saw all things in God and God in all things.


The soul is made of love and must ever strive to return to love.

Therefore, it can never find rest nor happiness in other things. It must lose itself in love. By its very nature it must seek God, who is love.