Fourth Meditation

(The Dark Night, book I: chapter 5)

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." (7)

"But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth…Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful." (8)

Fruit of Frustration

The anger of the beginner
Spawns from a sense of dejection,
Impatience with self as sinner,
And dryness-fueled frustration.

Judging her self without mercy,
She loses touch with what is true;
Undermining humility,
And thwarting growth of real virtue.

She asks for the grace of meekness:
To shield her from her heart's tirade;
To yield patience from her weakness;
To end her ungodly charade.

The night will yield meekness anew,
With patience that will persevere;
Loving mercy will then shine through,
As hurt and anger disappear.

The night reveals her at her worst;
Trials conquer resentment first.

May the Spirit provide an abundance of grace to strengthen our patience that we may persevere through the night with peace.

7. Matthew 5:5
8. Colossians 3:8,12-15

(c) Paul Buis, 2004