photo from my niece who is serving in Namibia
Lord Jesus Christ,
pierce my soul with your love
so that I may always long for you alone,
who are the bread of angels
and the fulfillment of the soul’s deepest desires.
May my heart always hunger and feed on you,
so that my soul may be filled with sweetness in your presence.
May my soul thirst for you,
who are the source of life, wisdom, knowledge, light
and all the riches of God our Father.
May I always seek and find you,
think about you, speak to you
and do everything for the honour and glory of your name.
Be always my hope, my peace, my refuge and help
in whom my heart is rooted
so that I may never separate from you.
St. Bonaventure,1217-74, Italian scholastic theologian and philosopher
O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.