Mystics, Short

Sour Faced Saints – Terisa of Avila

From silly devotions, And from sour-faced saints, Good Lord, deliver us!   – St Terisa Of Avila 1515-1582AD.  Now this one may seem a bit pointless at first, but go with it.  What kinds of silly worship, crazy stuff, and put-on shows have you seen in the name of God?  We need to pray about it!  Reflect on what God…

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Mystics

O Burning Mountain – Mechtild Of Magdeburg

O burning mountain, O chosen Son, O perfect moon, O fathomless well, O unattainable height, O clearness beyond measure O wisdom without end, O mercy without limit, O strength beyond resistance, O crown of all majesty, The humblest you created sings your praise.   – Mechtild Of Magdeburg 1210-1285AD

Longing, Mystics, Peace

I Ask For You – Julian Of Norwich

God of all goodness, I ask for You, and you are Enough. To be worthy of you I cannot ask for anything less than You. If I were to ask less, I would always be in want, for in You alone – I have everything.   – Julian Of Norwich 1342-416AD

Mystics, Orthodox, Preaching & Reflecting

Life In You – John Cassian

Lord God, You are the greatest and holiest mystery. Be all of my love, all my hope, all my striving; let my thoughts and words flow from you, my daily life be in you, and every breath I take be of you.   – St John Cassian 360-435AD.  Also known as John the Ascetic, or John Cassian the Roman.  He learned…

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Mystics

Teach Me Silence – Jean Nicolas Grou

My Master and God, teach me to hold myself in silence before you, to love you in the depths of my being, to wait upon you always, and never to ask anything of you but the fulfilment of my life. Teach me to let you act in my soul, and form in it the simple prayer that says little but…

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Ancient, Longing, Love, Mystics

Late Have I Loved You – St Augustine

Late, have I loved you, Beauty so ancient so new! Late have I loved you!   You were within me, but I was outside you and there I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they…

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Longing, Mystics

In A Dry Land – Jane De Chantal

Help Lord, I am in dry land, all dried up and cracked by the violence of the wind and the cold. But I trust you. Send me both dew and warmth when it pleases you. Amen.   – St Jane De Chantal  1571-1641AD  (A reflection on Psalm 42).

Hope, Mystics, Need Or Trial, Pain

When All Fails – Mechthild of Magdeburg

Lord, it seems you have taken away all the blessings that I once had from you. In your grace, please give me now that one gift which every dog seems to have by nature— that of being faithful to you in my distress, faithful even when all comfort is gone. This I desire more passionately than anything else there is.…

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Christmas, Love, Mystics

How Miraculous A King Would Bow – Hildegard of Bingen

How miraculous – that a king stoop to enter the world of the ordinary, of the commoner, of His subject, of woman. But God did this. Why? Because humility, ever the lowliest of the low, always rises and triumphs- over everything else. And didn’t that woman know the greatest happiness? Cleaning up the ugly first mess, in its place she set a beautiful bouquet:…

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Biblical, Mystics

You Have Searched Me

O Lord, you have searched my heart And you know me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my every thought when far away. You chart the path ahead and show me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say even before I speak.…

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