Affectionate seeking

Lord, my heart is before you.
I try, but by myself I can do nothing;
   do what I cannot.
Admit me into the inner room of your love.
I ask, I seek, I knock.
You have made me ask,
   make me receive;
you have enabled me to seek,
   enable me to find.
You have taught me to knock,
   open to my knock…

I faint with hunger for your love;
   refresh me with it.
Let me be filled with your love,
   rich in affection,
   completely held in your care.
Take me and possess me wholly,

who with the Father and the Holy Spirit are alone

blessed from age to age.

St. Anselm, c.1033-1109, Benedictine monk, Archbishop of Canterbury
Meditation on Human Redemption


You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”

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