book III: chapter 24-26

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23)

Rechanneled Joy

Delights of touch, of sight, and sound
Entice the soul along the way;
This appetite, indulged, is bound
To leave the soul in disarray.

The senses are born of the flesh;
By nature they oppose the soul.
Within the will, these cannot mesh —
Only one can retain control.

She recollects her senses’ joy
With praise for the Creator’s skill.
This joy, itself, will not destroy
If it is channeled to His will.

Rechanneled joy of senses flows
Through charity — her soul’s repose.

May the Spirit grant us the grace to empty ourselves of our sensory appetites so that there may be room to receive Him more fully in contemplation.

(c) Paul Buis, 2003