God, of your goodness, give me yourself;
You are enough for me,
and anything less that I could ask for
would not do you full honor.
And if I ask anything that is less,
I shall always lack something,
but in you alone I have everything’
― Julian of Norwich
O God unto whom all hearts lie open
Unto whom desire is eloquent
And from whom no secret thing is hidden;
Purify the thoughts of my heart
By the outpouring of your Spirit
That I may love you with a perfect love
And praise you as you deserve.
– Cloud of Unkowing
God of every season,
Who has made everything beautiful in its time,
Who has set eternity in the human heart,
I cannot begin to understand your ways.
I earnestly search for wisdom,
But with greater wisdom comes greater sorrow,
For the wise person will die and be forgotten just like the fool,
Both wisdom and folly are meaningless.
Open my eyes that I may see the purposes you have ordained,
That I may be a loving part of every season,
Before I return back to dust.
Lord, because you have made me, I owe you the whole of my love;
Because you have redeemed me, I owe you the whole of myself;
Because you have promised so much, I owe you my whole being.
Moreover, I owe you as much more love than myself as you are greater than I,
For whom you gave yourself and to whom you promised yourself.
I pray you, Lord, make me taste by love what I taste by knowledge;
Let me know by love what I know by understanding.
I owe you more than my whole self, but I have no more,
And by myself I cannot render the whole of it to you.
Draw me to you, Lord, in the fullness of your love.
I am wholly yours by creation; make me all yours, too, in love.
I am bending my knee
in the Eye of the Father, who created me,
in the Eye of the Son, who purchased me,
in the Eye of the Spirit, who cleansed me.
By your own Anointed One, O God,
bestow upon us fullness in our need.
Love towards God, the affection of God, the smile of God,
the wisdom of God, the grace of God, the fear of God,
and the will of God to do on the world of the Three
as angels and saints do in heaven;
each shade and light, each day and night,
each time in kindness, give us your Spirit.
– Carmina Gadelica
You, O eternal Trinity,
Are a deep sea into which,
The more I enter,
The more I find.
And the more I find,
The more I seek.
O abyss, O eternal Godhead,
O sea profound,
What more could you give me than yourself?
– Catherine of Sienna
Kiss me with grace,
For your love is more pleasing than wine,
Your touch is all that I long for.
Be one with me in body and in spirit,
Let new life come from our union
Be the song on my lips,
And take me as your bride,
As your one true love,
That we may dance till the end of days.