First Meditation

(The Spiritual Canticle - Stanza 1)

"One thing I ask of the LORD; this I seek: to dwell in the LORD'S house all the days of my life, to gaze on the LORD'S beauty, to visit his temple. For God will hide me in his shelter in time of trouble, will conceal me in the cover of his tent; and set me high upon a rock." (1)

Darts of Fire

Beyond affections of her heart
And partial notions of her mind,
He is hidden -- she must depart:
To reach His light, she becomes blind.

Love severs her heart's selfish ties;
Faith guides her feet on paths unknown.
From hope, pangs of yearning arise,
To live for the Bridegroom alone.

She recollects herself inside,
Enamored by His mystery;
Enthralled with His call to abide,
Alone with Him in sanctity.

He quickens her ardent desire,
With caresses of love divine;
Igniting her heart in its fire
Of darts - she yields to ev'ry tine.

Her wounds remain, deep and burning;
Her heart pierced with divine yearning.

May the Bridegroom pierce our hearts with His love and increase our yearning for Him.

1. Romans 6:4-6,8,11

(c) Paul Buis, 2005