enlarge love in me


O God, enlarge love in me,
   so I may learn to taste with my whole heart
   how sweet it is to love,
   to be dissolved,
   and to swim in love.
Let me be lifted by love,
   elevated above myself
   through exceeding fervor and admiration.
Let me sing the song of love,
   let me follow you,
   my Beloved on high.
Let my soul exhaust itself in your praise,
   exulting in love.
Let me love you more than myself,
   not loving myself except for your sake,
   and all those who truly love you,
   as the law of love commands.
That love shines brightly from you.

Thomas à Kempis, 1379-1471, German monk


 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.

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