(The Dark Night, book II: chapter 17-18)
"We speak God's wisdom, mysterious,
hidden, which God predetermined before the
ages for our glory…But as it is written:
'What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard,
and what has not entered the human heart,
what God has prepared for those who love
him,' this God has revealed to us through
the Spirit. For the Spirit scrutinizes everything,
even the depths of God…no one knows what
pertains to God except the Spirit of God.
We have not received the spirit of the world
but the Spirit that is from God, so that
we may understand the things freely given
us by God. And we speak about them not with
words taught by human wisdom, but with words
taught by the Spirit, describing spiritual
realities in spiritual terms." (47)
Journey Through Mystery
He takes her on a way unknown,
In bright light to a distant place;
Through dark waters -- no path is shown:
Blinded, darkened, carried by grace.
No words can convey what's found there
No simile nor metaphor:
Divine Wisdom and Love so fair;
Beatitude beyond all lore.
The levity of her ascent,
Channeled by grace through mystery,
Yields gravity for her descent --
Back to her place and history.
Returning to her self -- so weak,
The weight of flesh burdens her soul.
Left stammering -- she cannot speak
Of Him whose love has made her whole.
In her journey through mystery,
Her soul's enrapt in secrecy.
May the Spirit of God enrapt us and sustain
us on our journey into His Mystery.
47. 1 Corinthians 2: 7,9-13
(c) Paul Buis, 2004