From New Monasticism Ireland

28 April 2016

From New Monasticism Ireland, I offer this prayer for today

The prayer has great power
Which we pray with all our strength.
It makes an embittered heart mellow,
A sad heart joyful,
A foolish heart wise,
A timid heart bold,
A weak heart strong,
A blind heart clear-seeing,
A cold heart ardent.
It draws God who is great into a heart which is small.
It drives the hungry soul up to the fullness of God.
It unites the two lovers, God and soul, in a place of bliss,
Where they converse long of love.

--Mechtild of Magdeburg, a Christian medieval mystic, Beguine, and first woman to write in German not Latin.

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