Extracts from Ray Simpson's Book
Faces of love
It sparks like lightning It spreads like the plague It burns like the fire, inside the fire, inside the fire It radiates like the inside of the first moment of the cosmos
Inspired by Song of Songs 8: 6
What does the love of God do to a person? It kills their desires. It purifies their heart. It protects them. It banishes vices. It incurs rewards. It lengthens life. It cleanses the soul.
The four redemptions of the soul: fear and repentance, love and hope. Two of them protect it on earth, the other two waft it to heaven. Fear shuts out the sins that lie ahead. Repentance wipes out the sins which come before. Love of the Creator and hope of the Creator’s kingdom: that is what wafts it to heaven. Any person, then, who will fear and love, and who will fulfil God’s desire and commandment, will have respect in the sight of people in this world, and will be blessed with God in the next.
Colman mac Beognae The Alphabet of Devotion
Hadewijch of Brabant
Evening Liturgy Iona Community