(Interior Castle, book V: chapter 3-4)
"Beloved, let us love one another; for
love is of God, and he who loves is born
of God and knows God…No man has ever seen
God; if we love one another, God abides in
us and his love is perfected in us. By this
we know that we abide in him and he in us,
because he has given us of his own Spirit…So
we know and believe the love God has for
us. God is love, and he who abides in love
abides in God, and God abides in him…We love,
because he first loved us...And this commandment
we have from him, that he who loves God should
love his brother also. " (1)
Flight From The Fifth Rooms
In these rooms, Maiden Butterfly,
Laments her wings wet with weakness.
With humble prayer, she strives to
Her wings in breeze of Love's kindness.
Lacking the strength to reach the throne,
She begs the King to grant His will.
The nectar of His will alone
Strengthens her soul beyond her fill.
She lifts off, from her weakened state,
On Love's currents, she flies to serve.
Trusting the Wind will guide her straight,
With great care, she strives not to
His love is strength for service wrought;
His will's perfect as we are not.
May the Lord grant us the grace to love one
another with His love.
(1) 1 John 4:7,12-13, 16,19,21
(c) Paul Buis, 2002