(Ascent of Mount Carmel, book I: chapter
"He told them a parable also: "No
one tears a piece from a new garment and
puts it upon an old garment; if he does,
he will tear the new, and the piece from
the new will not match the old." (5)
A Change of Garments
Dressed in the world's finer clothes,
Her heart is set on many things;
Yet deep within her soul she knows
The nakedness privation brings.
Her precious idol outerwear,
Worn o'er attachment's lingerie,
Must both be renounced and stripped
Ev'ry last thread taken away.
Her naked heart must be washed clean:
Bathed in the scorch of heaven's light.
A new garment, of the Unseen,
Will clothe her in the cloak of night.
With fibers of wisdom and grace,
Her cloak's finer than silk and lace.
5. Luke 5:36
(c) Paul Buis, 2003