If only I possessed grace, good Jesus, to be utterly at one with you!
Amidst all the variety of worldly things around me, Lord,
the only thing I crave is unity with you.
You are all my soul needs.
Unite, dear friend of my heart, this unique little soul of mine
to your perfect goodness.
You are all mine; when shall I be yours?
Lord Jesus. my beloved, be the magnet of my heart;
clasp, press, unite me forever to your sacred heart.
You have made me for yourself;
make me one with you.
Absorb this tiny drop of life
into the ocean of goodness from whence it came.
Francis of Sales, 1567 – 1622, Counter-Reformation Bishop of Geneva
But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
O God, what will you do to conquer
the fearful hardness of our hearts?
Lord, you must give us new hearts,
tender hearts, sensitive hearts,
to replace hearts that are made of marble and of bronze.