(Ascent of Mount Carmel, book II: chapter
"'You, therefore, must be perfect, as
your heavenly Father is perfect.'" (21)
The Creator dwells, by nature,
In each soul to guide and sustain.
To dwell with Him, she must be pure --
Transparent as a window pane.
Her appetites are smudge and stain;
Attachments are an oily smear:
So long as one of these remain,
Illumination is unclear.
Her soul is like a lighthouse glass:
Having been cleansed and purified,
When foggy nights have come to pass,
His light, through her, is magnified.
His grace will purify and cleanse
Her soul -- faith is the lighthouse lens.
21. Matthew 5:48
(c) Paul Buis, 2003