(The Spiritual Canticle - Stanza 24-25)
"Put on then, as God's chosen ones,
holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing
with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another; as
the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also
do. And over all these put on love, that
is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace
of Christ control your hearts, the peace
into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful." (1)
His greatest gifts are the virtues --
Each of them strong, peaceful and meek;
Armored by love, her soul subdues
Her enemies and all they wreak.
Love animates and enkindles,
Love for Him in all works and things;
His peace, in all, seldom dwindles
The virtues yield life like wellsprings.
She follows Him along His way,
Following the footprints He leaves,
Traces of love and their bouquet
Enamor all her soul believes.
A spark of His love sets ablaze
Her heart with a great flame of joy,
In gratitude and fiery praise,
With all her being can employ.
Culminating with love outpoured,
She reveres her Bridegroom and Lord.
May the love of the Bridegroom enamor our
hearts and animate the virtues that He nourishes
to perfection in us.
1. Colossians 3: 12-15
(c) Paul Buis, 2005