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God’s Love

Artist's rendition of the Descent of the Holy Spirit - found in Sopra Minerva,a church in Rome

Artist’s rendition of the Descent of the Holy Spirit – found in Sopra Minerva,a church in Rome

Today, on the Feast of Pentecost which signals the end of the Easter Season, I offer a poem offered among the Easter resources from Education for Justice. It was written by Richard Rolle in the14th Century. I appreciate Scott Cairns information that allowed me to correct the source material.

God’s Love

O Holy Spirit, Who breathes
where You will, breathe into me
and draw me to Yourself.
Invest the nature You have shaped,
with gifts so flowing with honey that,
from intense joy in Your sweetness
this clay might turn from lesser things,
that it may accept (as You give them)
spiritual gifts, and through pleasing
jubilation, it may melt, entirely,
in holy love, reaching finally out
to touch the Uncreated Light.
Source: Love’s Immensity: Mystics on the Endless Life, by Scott
Cairns. Brewster, MA:Paraclete Press, 2007. p. 105
This is not an original poem written by me. It is published in my collection of translations and adaptations from the writings of Christian mystics. This is not the first time that folks have failed to do their homework in attributing these and other of those poems; I’m hoping, however, that it might be the last. The text from which I constructed the poem was written in the 14th Century by Richard Rolle. My adaptation also employs lineation which the above text does not resemble. Just saying.
Posted by opreach on May 19, 2013
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  1. 05/23/2013

    This is not an original poem written by me. It is published in my collection of translations and adaptations from the writings of Christian mystics. This is not the first time that folks have failed to do their homework in attributing these and other of those poems; I’m hoping, however, that it might be the last. The text from which I constructed the poem was written in the 14th Century by Richard Rolle. My adaptation also employs lineation which the above text does not resemble. Just saying.

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    • 05/23/2013

      Thank you for your correction! I will edit the attribution, which I found on the Education for Justice website. I had assumed that they knew the source they were quoting. At least anyone who quotes this from my site will have the correct information. Peace and all good, Pat

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    • 05/23/2013

      I realize in looking at the source material that I misunderstood and thought you were the author of the poems in the mentioned book. It was not clear to me that it was a collection. My apologies, and again thank you.

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