(The Dark Night, book I: chapter 3-4)
"I say, then: live by the Spirit and
you will certainly not gratify the desire
of the flesh. For the flesh has desires against
the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh;
these are opposed to each other, so that
you may not do what you want. If we live
in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit."
The hunger of the beginner,
Pangs for consolations galore;
Though He provides what's best for
Her heart's unmoved -- expecting more.
Desires for feelings and things,
Can weigh her spirit heavily.
The freedom which detachment brings
Will help her find true levity.
The pleasures of consolation
Disturb the spirit and its prayer;
She strives not to heed elation,
Or other movements that stir there.
To move past this sensory state,
The night will purify her love;
Her spirit will not hesitate,
To yield wholly and reach above.
He will remove greed and desire;
This night is a passionate fire.
May the pure love of God supplant the lesser
loves that predominate our hearts.
5. Galatians 5:16-17,25
(c) Paul Buis, 2004