A Love Beyond

O Precious Heart,
You struggle within,
Unable to contain
Such Divine Love
Within a human Heart.

O Precious eyes
So helpless,
You long and plead
For the hearts
You created to love.

O Face of Perfect Love,
Spattered with Blood,
Smeared with tears,
Bruised and pierced;

Yet so perfect is Your Love
That all pain, all neglect,
All humiliation, all abuse,
Turns not Your Heart
From Your Beloved.

Rolling and heaving in Your Agony,
Your tender human Heart
Can contain no longer
The immensity of Your Divine Love.

O Sacred Heart most pure,
Surrendered in passionate humility,
You burst, annihilated by a Love
Beyond Passion.

Blood and water flow
As the spear of our arrogance
Finds the Heart
Already burst for Love.

Gentle cheek lies against torn shoulder,
So bruised and ripped by scourge and Cross.
Eyes close to the pain of a world
That could not return so pure a Love.

My heart gathers the fragments of Yours
And tenderly cradles its remains within.
O Sacred Heart most pure,
The Blood of Your Sacrificial Love
Soaks into my soul, inebriating me
With the power of Your surrender.

Take my heart, my Lord,
That bleeds with desire for You,
That carries Your surrender deep within.
Let me shelter Your Broken Heart in mine
That calls me to Love beyond
Surrendering to death;
That calls me to Life beyond
The crushing annihilation of the world.

In the Silence of the tomb,
A Life stirs that moves beyond.
The wind of the Spirit moves
Across the coals of total destruction
And a flame leaps up and burns anew,
Fed by a Sacrifice so profound
It fuels a Life beyond,
Consumed in the Flame of Your Eternal Love.

8/14-15/2001

Solitary Path

My Savior,
It was You who called me
To the crossroads.
Blinded with pain,
The fog of confusion surrounded me,
Yet I knew where I was.

I knew where You wanted me,
Though it cut through my heart
Like a knife.
I knew I could not turn away from You
Or what You were calling me to.

There at the crossroads,
The fresh pain of betrayal,
The emptiness of abandonment
Were upon me,
Yet my heart knew its anchor
And that it could not turn from You
And betray and abandon You.

The choice was clear and complete.
I would walk with You, my Savior,
Away from the crowd
Along the solitary path
Where You and I abide,
Silently speaking,
Touchlessly touching.

I walk the path of solitude
That sometimes crushes me,
Yet sometimes leads me
Into Your embrace.
You pick up the pieces
Of my shredded heart
Again and again.
You know so well
How to suffer alone.

Suffering Heart,
I cannot stop this pain of isolation
That cuts so deeply into my heart.
Yet I cannot stop the love
That brought me here
Through the crossroads.

Teach me, my Lord,
How to endure this exile.
Teach me the silent surrender
Of Your Suffering Heart.
As the solitary path
Carves its canyons into my soul
Where at times only my voice
Seems to echo back,
Whisper Your Presence in the wind
That reminds me of the Sacred Heart
That drew me here,
Away from all others,
Emptied and waiting
For You, O Sacred Heart,
The Heart I walk this path to meet
And embrace.

7/17-19/2001

Hearts Surrendered

Beloved, You come
As a ray of Light
Into my soul
That waits for only You.

Your strong hand
Lifts my heart to You
As my heart that anticipates
Your every move
Melts into Your Will,
Surrendering completely
To all You want of me.

Your Spirit breathes upon me
And like long grass in a field,
My soul moves gently and easily
To Your every movement upon me,
Thrilling to every breath, every Word
From Your Heart of Love.

You move so deeply
Into the very core of my soul.
Gathering all to Your Heart,
Making all I am,
Like a faithful spouse,
Responsive to Your every move,
Waiting upon Your every Word,
Listening for every breath,
Softening easily
Into Your arms of Love.

Your Voice moves my soul
Like gentle thunder
As You call me to be Yours.
Let go completely
And be all Mine,
You vibrate through
My willing heart.

This is My wedding feast,
I hear You whisper
As Your Heart consumes mine
And our mutual hungers
Are filled
In hearts surrendered
To Perfect Love.

6-29-2001

Longing of Hearts

Most Sacred Heart,
Your Spirit moves me
Stirring my soul to long for You.
My longing meets Yours
In a collision of hearts
Seeking one another
And in seeking, finding.
And in finding, desiring more!
Desiring a union so complete
There is no chance
Of losing one another ever again
For even an instant.

O Lord,
I hear You calling
From Your Cross.
My heart beats to Yours
As I hear the sounds of Calvary:
The sounds of Your breath,
Laboring for Love,
The sounds of their insults,
The sounds of Your silent moans,
The sounds of Your longing and searching,
The sighs of Your Sacred Heart.
Dear Jesus, I wonder,
If in Your human Heart, yet Divine,
When You called out to Your Father:
“Why have You forsaken Me?”
Did You long for a moment
For a human voice to answer:
“I am here.
I will not leave You.
You are all to me,
All I desire.
I will never leave You.”

In Your human Heart,
Could You understand
The longings and desires of ours?
Can You understand and love
The human desires
Of this heart and soul
In which You have divinely stirred
Such longings for You”

1-14-2001

Love Bindings

Freedom in You wraps around me,
Binding me,
One decision of love at a time,
To Your Cross.
As the wraps of freedom
Bind me more thoroughly,
Arms, legs, body, head, heart,
My soul leaps free
Of this cumbersome body;
My heart inflames,
Consuming this body,
Now tied down in freedom,
Completely bound to Your Cross.

Your Cross gives shape to my life,
Like a splint to a broken limb.
And as my broken life is wrapped
More tightly to Your Cross,
So it is strong, only in You;
So does it heal, only in You.
So does Your Fire of Love consume me
On the lyre of Your Cross,
In the Furnace of Your Sacred Heart.

Ashes I am, without You,
And as the freedom You give
Gives me back to You,
As I am made new in You,
My limbs take on Your flesh,
My heart is taken by Yours,
And my soul dances in the freedom
To feel Your pain of our neglect,
Yet to know Your Heart of Love.

My heart like a pin cushion
Is pierced with Your abuses
And feels near death with Your Sorrow.
Yet within, a Flame consumes,
And as each pain pierces,
A Love is released, so profound,
This heart and soul drowns,
Lost in Your Love,
Submerged, bound to Your Cross,
Breathing in a deeper Life
In You.

Death in You
Takes away all that was before
And my life is Your Life,
My breath is Your breath,
My heart is bound to Yours;
As You complete Your take over,
Day by day,
I cannot live outside of You anymore.
I do not work unless in You.

Peering outside of You,
I see only death, dried bones, graveyards.
I turn to You.
Surrounded by Your loving Heart,
My heart, like a butterfly from a cocoon,
Is set free, fluttering in Your graces,
Inebriated by the sweetness of Your Love.
In the Garden of Your Graces,
My heart is nourished by Your Love
And given the strength
To bind more closely to Your Cross again
In love.

1-5-2001

Gaze of Love

Most precious Savior,
At the foot of Your Cross I crouch
Feeling so small in comparison
To Your Sacrifice of Love.
My eyes can barely reach Your feet,
Nailed down, that seep Your precious Blood,
Tearing, stretching in unbearable agony.
How can my heart bear to look further?
Yet my love for You raises my eyes and heart
To Your Body covered with Wounds,
Burning with pain beyond endurance.
You, most precious One, silently endure all.

My hands wish to cover Your Wounds
With a healing touch of love.
If only my love could take away Your pain!
My eyes, softly, longingly, raise to Yours
And I am confronted with Your Trance of Love.
Your eyes, trance-like from pain,
Yet hold a softness and a love
That floods through my heart,
Washing through my soul.

I am drawn in to Your Trance of Love,
Locked in to Your penetrating gaze.
This gaze of Divine Love, so intimate, so pure,
Yet embodied in a man so cruelly tortured to death,
Moves me to a love so bound to You
That nothing, even death, could unlock me
From Your penetrating gaze of Love in my soul.
Hold me in Your gaze of Love forever, my Savior.

3-12-2001

Breaking Into Embrace

Sweet Jesus,
In Your most humble embrace
Of our humanity,
In Your most Holy Sacrament,
Bread now Body,
Wine now Blood,
In Your Passion for love,
Your Body breaks into us.
Your Blood flows, given up,
Poured into our hearts.
As You enter my soul
That desires You so much,
My heart falls into Yours,
The All of my desire,
As I am broken into You,
Communion of Brokenness,
Communion of Sacrificial Love.
Together our broken pieces
Fall together into a perfect fit,
Communion of Love,
Communion of Joy.
Hearts poured out,
Hearts embraced.

Beloved,
Master of my soul,
Hold my heart in Yours.
In joyous union hold me;
In Your passionate furnace,
Envelope me,
As my heart loses itself,
Drowning in the Passion
Of Your Love.

Hearts broken open,
Embrace.
Blood poured out,
Mingles.
Passionate union,
A firestorm of Love,
Consumes.

2-23-2001