(The Way of Perfection, Chapter 6-7)
"Love is patient, love is kind. It is
not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is
not inflated, it is not rude, it does not
seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered,
it does not brood over injury, it does not
rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with
the truth. It bears all things, believes
all things, hopes all things, endures all
things. Love never fails." (1)
Pure Love looks to her neighbor's soul:
Encouraged by the least good found,
Not judging what's out of control --
Knowing with sin, grace may abound.
Pure love leads, with example clear,
In contrast to each fault perceived;
Knowing that love draws others near;
And actions, not words, are believed.
Pure love dwells with humility:
Receives love as the Father's gift;
Knowing that she is not worthy,
And love repaid creates a rift.
Pure love flows from Spirit at source,
Through her heart with compassion's
To souls encountered on its course
The reservoir is always full.
Love lives to help each soul find Love;
To beg grace for them from above.
May the Lord of Love most pure pour out an
abundance of His essence into the reservoirs
of our hearts.
1. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
(c) Paul Buis, 2004