A mystic’s sensual prayer

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You have sent Your messenger

the Spirit holy

in a thousand forms

to express Your wild and passionate love for us.

You have used a look in another’s face,

the healing touch that says we belong,

musical sounds that bring us very close to You,

even smells that scintillate and move us.


St. Augustine said it well:

“You are more intimate to me

than I am to myself.”


You have given us these glorious bodies

that we may inhabit Your world

as You inhabit us.

There it is,

mystery of mysteries,

–You inhabit us!

You delight to taste Your delicious world

through Your intimacy with us,

for You are enfleshed in every living being.


How odd that we think we are seeking You,

looking for You and not finding You,

when You are dancing so near that

Your breath is in our face,

known in the chilly air of a Fall morning;

Your smell is in our nostrils

sensed in the fresh scents of Spring;

Your compassion is so intimate that

we feel it on our skin as a breeze passes.


We think we are seeking You,

and get lost in the mind

as we try to grasp You with the wrong faculty,

when all the while You are

the One seeking us.


O people of a living God

let the mind fall away now

and awaken to your bodies

and the nearness of these ways

She is seeking you.


As our Celtic poet and friend,

John O’Donohue has said,

may you “recognize that your senses are sacred thresholds…

May your senses gather you and bring you home.”*

*Quote from Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.


About soulcare4u

I am the author of Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic World, published by Wipf & Stock and available through Amazon.com; and of a blog on Wordpress.com, "A Contemplative Path." I serve as the founding spiritual director of The School for Contemplative Living (www.thescl.net), adjunct faculty of Loyola University, and as a pastoral counselor and spiritual director in private practice.
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