Monday, October 18, 2010

The Living Flame of Love

Songs of the soul in the intimate communication of loving union with God.

Oh living flame of love that tenderly 
    wounds my soul
    in its deepest center!
Since now you are not oppressive,
    now consummate!
It it be your will:
    tear through the veil of this
    sweet encounter!

O sweet cautery,
O delightful wound!
O gentle hand! 
O delicate touch that tastes of eternal life
    and pays every debt!
In killing you changed death to life.

O lamps of fire!
In whose splendors the deep
    caverns of feeling, 
    once obscure and blind,
    now give forth, so rarely,
    so exquisitely,
    both warmth and light to their

How gently and lovingly
    you make my heart,
    where in secret you dwell alone;
    and in your sweet breathing,
    filled with good and glory,
    how tenderly you swell my heart with love.

- St. John of the Cross


St. John of the Cross, Collected Works
Revised Edition
Translated by:
Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD
Otilio Rodriguez, OCD

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