(The Spiritual Canticle - Stanza 18-19)
"For the mind that is set on the flesh
is hostile to God; it does not submit to
God's law, indeed it cannot; and those who
are in the flesh cannot please God. But you
are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit,
if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ
does not belong to him. But if Christ is
in you, although your bodies are dead because
of sin, your spirits are alive because of
righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised
Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who
raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give
life to your mortal bodies also through his
Spirit which dwells in you." (1)
The cravings of the senses caged
Her soul in a chaotic churn;
Against her spirit's peace, they waged
A war to coerce, strike, and burn.
Now deprived of their nourishment,
These cold reptiles lie in wait:
To gorge themselves on her, they're
With appetites that never sate.
She urges Him to hide within
The inner sanctum of her place;
Where spirit is shielded from sin,
And gardens are guarded by grace.
Beyond the reaches of her foes,
Hidden deeply in her abode,
A wellspring of His essence flows --
In pure spirit, He is bestowed.
He shelters her from all her grief;
Still, senses linger like a thief.
May the Pure Spirit of Jesus dwell in the
deepest silence of our beings, hidden from
the turmoil of our senses.
1. Romans 8:7-11
(c) Paul Buis, 2005