Monasteries of the Heart

Monks in Our Midst: Mechtild on Yearning for God

I hear a voice
Which speaks somewhat of love.
Many days have I wooed her
But never heard her voice.
Now I am moved
I must go to meet her,
She it is who bears grief and love together,
In the morning, in the dew in the intimate rapture
Which first permeates the soul.

Prayer is nothing else but a yearning of soul…it draws down the great God into the little heart; it drives the hungry soul up to the plentitude of God; it brings together these two lovers, God and the soul, in a wondrous place where they speak of love.

The day of my spiritual awakening was the day I saw and knew I saw all things in God and God in all things.

Respond to Mechtild's description of prayer as "nothing else but a yearning of soul..." - when has that been true in your own experience? Has that expereience made it possible for you to "see God in all things and all things in God?"

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