The inward stirring and touching of God
makes us hungry and yearning;
for the Spirit of God hunts our spirit:
and the more it touches it,
the greater our hunger and our craving.
And this is the life of love in its highest working,
above reason and above understanding;
for reason can here neither give nor take away from love,
for our love is touched by the Divine love.
And as I understand it, here
there can never more be separation from God.
God’s touch within us, forasmuch as we feel it,
and our own loving craving,
these are both created and creaturely; and therefore
they may grow and increase as long as we live.
— Blessed John Ruysbroeck
A Flemish Mystic (1293 or 94 – 1381)
[Picture: Small chapel near ruins of monastery at Groenendaal where Jan van Ruysbroeck lived and contemplated. This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication and comes courtesy of Thomas Faunce Wikimedia Commons.]