Fifth Meditation

(Interior Castle, book IV: chapter 1-3)

"Answer when I call, my saving God. In my troubles, you cleared a way; show me favor; hear my prayer…Know that the LORD works wonders for the faithful; the LORD hears when I call out. Tremble and do not sin; upon your beds ponder in silence. Offer fitting sacrifice and trust in the LORD. Many say, 'May we see better times! LORD, show us the light of your face!' But you have given my heart more joy than they have when grain and wine abound. In peace I shall both lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me secure." (1)

The Fourth Rooms

In the fourth rooms, a waterway,
Pumps consolation from the third.
Love from the heart flows as we pray
To Him for whom the heart is stirred.

At times, the Master of the spring,
Pours out His love straight from the source.
The heart wells up with joy to sing;
Heaven's delight flows through the course.

The maiden, with humble surprise,
Absorbs the love poured out for her.
In gratitude, she lifts her eyes
With joyful praise for her Master.

The waters pool in her heart;
Like spring run-off, they flood each part.

May the Lord grant us the grace and ability to surrender ourselves completely into the arms of His love, with humility and thanksgiving.

(1) Psalm 4:2,4-9

(c) Paul Buis, 2002