Quote of the day, 7 July: Jessica Powers

God is a light and genitor of light.
Yet for our weakness and our punishment
He hides Himself in midnights that prevent
all save the least awarenesses of Him.
We strain with dimmed eyes inward and perceive
no stir of what we clamored to believe.
Yet I say: God (if one may jest with God),
Your hiding has not reckoned with Our Lady
who holds my east horizon and whose glow
lights up my inner landscape, high and low.
All my soul’s acres shine and shine with her!
You are discovered, God; awake, rise
out of the dark of Your Divine surprise!
Your own reflection has revealed Your place,
for she is utter light by Your own grace.
And in her light I find You hid within me,
and in her morning I can see Your Face.

Sr. Miriam of the Holy Spirit, O.C.D. (Jessica Powers)

And in her morning (excerpt)

Madre de la gracia divina. Madre purísima. De la serie La letanía de Loreto
Antonio Vilca (Peruvian, active 1748-1764)
Oil on canvas, 1803
Iglesia de Surite, Cuzco, Peru

Powers, J 1999, The Selected Poetry of Jessica Powers, ICS Publications, Washington DC.

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  1. Thanks!

    I am joyful! and thankful! to
    read this. I hadn’t before today.
    Thank you for posting it.

    I love Sister Miriam’s views and
    her unfailing and breathtaking
    assembly of words for sharing her
    views.

    Humor

    Regarding Sister’s question
    about jesting with God: one
    should bring everything to
    God including one’s sense of
    fun and humor.

    “Come as you are,” else coming is
    for naught.

    Best of all, God is appropriately
    and helpfully and kindly
    responsive to how “you are.”

    As for humor specifically?
    Humor is fertile ground for
    relationship with God. He
    may approve of it and enjoy it
    or He may not in which case
    He may then lovingly and
    kindly teach one a lesson.

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