Seventeenth Meditation

(Interior Castle, book VII: chapter 4)

"No more shall men call you 'Forsaken', or your land 'Desolate', But you shall be called 'My Delight', and your land 'Espoused'. For the LORD delights in you, and makes your land his spouse. As a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; And as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you." (1)


Castle of Crystal

With detachment, He excavates
The heart; preparing, first, the site.
With humble prayer, she meditates --
The footings are poured at first light.

The Cornerstone's laid carefully:
Virtue's fieldstones are firmly set
In Truths' mortar -- humility;
Morning sun strengthens what is wet.

The walls of peace are raised to shield,
The crystal citadel within;
From here, His fortitude will wield,
His grace to combat death and sin.

The King sends forth His sentry slave:
To serve the poor who dwell nearby;
In little ways, to heal and save;
With the King's love, she heeds their cry.

This castle's not built on the air;
It's built on loving, humble prayer.


May the Master Builder raise the crystal citadels of our souls to be His finest dwellings, shielded with peace and founded on loving, humble prayer.


(1) Isaiah 62: 4-5


(c) Paul Buis, 2002