Who is this who transforms?

pentecost 57
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Who is this who smothers me with the most fragrant perfume?
Who is this who transforms my ugliness into perfect beauty?
Who is this who gives me the sweetest wine to drink,
                                and the finest food to eat?
It is you, Holy Spirit.
You turn me into a bride fit for Jesus Christ.
You give me wine and food fit for a wedding in heaven.
My heart is weary, but now it is eager for love.
My soul was sad, but now it is full of joy.
Jesus gave his life for me.
Now you, Holy Spirit, give me to him.

Adam of St. Victor, died c.1177,  twelfth century poet and composer in Paris


For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again;
rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.
And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.


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