loving reflection

Loving you, O God,
   brings its own reward here on earth,
   as well as the eternal reward of heaven.
And failure to love you,
   even when we can offer a thousand excuses,
   brings its own punishment.
By becoming mirrors of your love,
   by wearing the mask of your likeness,
   and by allowing you to make us perfect,
   we can know the joy of heaven,
   even while we abide here on earth.
Our consciences are sullied by our many sins;
   cleanse them,
   that we may reflect your infinite goodness.

William of Saint-Thierry, c.1085-1148, Cistercian monk of northern France

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And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

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