Seventh Meditation

(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 dry
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 swerve.

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