(The Dark Night, book II: chapter 4)
"Do not conform yourselves to this age
but be transformed by the renewal of your
mind, that you may discern what is the will
of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect…Let
love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold
on to what is good;… Do not grow slack in
zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere
in prayer." (30)
The partial musings of her mind,
And old affections of her will,
Without support, are left behind --
In dark sorrow, she treads uphill.
She longs to reach the Divine Source:
Of Wisdom to renew her mind;
Of Divine Love, to fix the course
On His will where'er it may wind.
By sheer grace, the transition's made:
To His wisdom, with it's new light;
To His love, strong and without jade;
As she passed through privation's night.
Her intellect, Wisdom's infused;
Her will, Love's strengthened and distilled;
Her memory is not bemused --
Love's tender compassion has filled.
Reaching a higher resting place,
Her soul cries out: "Ah! The sheer grace!"
May the sheer grace of the Spirit transform
us into His image through the privation of
the night of the spirit.
30. Romans 12:2,9,11,12
(c) Paul Buis, 2004