MYSTIC MONDAY: Lord, Where Shall I Find You? by Judah Halevi (1075? – 1141)

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Lord, where shall I find You?
Your place is lofty and secret.
And whereshall I not find You?
The whole earth is full of Your glory!

You are found in man’s innermost heart,
yet You fixed earth’s boundaries.
You are a strong tower
for those who are near, and
the trust of those who are far.
You are enthroned on the cherubim,
yet You dwell in the heights of heaven.
You are praised by Your hosts,
but even their praise is not worthy of You.
The sphere of heaven cannot contain You;
how much less the chambers of the Temple!

Even when You rise above Your hosts
on a throne, high and exalted,
You are nearer to them
than their own bodies and souls.
Their mouths attest that
they have no Maker except You.
Who shall not fear You?
All bear the yoke of Your kingdom.
And who shall not call to You?
It is You who give them their food.

I have sought to come near You,
I have called to You with all my heart;
and when I went out towards You,
I found You coming towards me.
I look upon Your wondrous power and awe.
Who can say that he has not seen You?
The heavens and their legions
proclaim Your dread — without a sound.
—  Judah Halevi


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I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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