Eleventh Meditation

(Interior Castle, book VI: chapter 7)

"Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his presence continually! Remember the wonderful works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered…" (1)


Held In Her Place

As she returns back to her place:
A lowly creature prone to sin,
Held near Beloved by His grace --
Her weight of flesh wells up within.

Her flaws and weaknesses remain,
Yet grace has wrought humility;
Her self's surrendered to His reign --
He strengthens her fragility.

She waivers with uncertainty,
As she recalls her sinful bane;
She clings to His humanity --
Sharing His passion and His pain.

She seeks to shelter at His side:
Her Master, Majesty, and Guide.


May the Master grant us His strength to shoulder the heavy cross of our frail humanity set against the backdrop of His Divinity.



(1) Psalm 105:3-5a


(c) Paul Buis, 2002