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.
By its very nature it must seek God, who is love.
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?
There is nothing so wise, nor so holy,
nor so beautiful, nor so strong, nor so perfect as love.
I rejoice that I love the One Who loves me, and
I pray that I may love Him without measure and without ceasing.
A Prayer by Mechthild of Magdeburg
O chosen Sun,
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 beyond all majesty:
the humblest thing you created sings your praise.
Mechthild of Magdeburg
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