(The Spiritual Canticle - Stanza 38-39)
"His divine power has granted to us
all things that pertain to life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him who called us
to his own glory and excellence, by which
he has granted to us his precious and very
great promises, that through these you may
escape from the corruption that is in the
world because of passion, and become partakers
of the divine nature…Therefore, brethren,
be the more zealous to confirm your call
and election, for if you do this you will
never fall; so there will be richly provided
for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
United By Breath And Flame
She loves Him with His love alone:
Eternal bond stronger than death,
Drawn from Spirit, before His throne
Sharing His life and very breath.
His breath unites her to His source,
In His bosom intimately;
With joy, she contemplates this force,
Uniting all to Trinity.
His breath returns to Him in songs
Of jubilant and perfect praise;
Heaven's choirs, for which she longs,
Resound with harmonies they raise.
The living flame of Love ignites:
It burns perfect and painlessly,
Consummating all it unites,
Unto itself - one Deity.
His Spirit, living breath and flame,
Unites her to His life and name.
May the Bridegroom unite us to Himself, perfecting
us in the breath and flame of His Spirit.
1. 2 Peter 1:3-4,10-11
(c) Paul Buis, 2005