(The Dark Night, book I: chapter 1)
"We were indeed buried with him through
baptism into death, so that, just as Christ
was raised from the dead by the glory of
the Father, we too might live in newness
of life. For if we have grown into union
with him through a death like his, we shall
also be united with him in the resurrection.
We know that our old self was crucified with
him, so that our sinful body might be done
away with, that we might no longer be in
slavery to sin…If, then, we have died with
Christ, we believe that we shall also live
with him. Consequently, you too must think
of yourselves as (being) dead to sin and
living for God in Christ Jesus." (1)
His Parental Love
In dying to self and all things,
Her soul had fled by way of night;
This dark purification brings,
Escape from sense and appetite.
Devil, flesh and world couldn't touch
Her soul enrapt in the Divine;
He holds her with a steadfast clutch
Spirit with spirit intertwine.
His love yields life with peace and
Her love for Him drew her away,
From all that could rot and destroy
He shielded her from sure decay.
In looking back from whence she came,
She marvels at His tender care:
His gentle touch and loving flame,
Preparing her for perfect prayer.
From nursing tot to child grown,
She grew through the unseen unknown.
May the tender love of God draw us to Himself
through the night of purification.
1. Romans 6:4-6,8,11
(c) Paul Buis, 2004