Light, entire and inaccessible! Truth, whole and blessed!

Posted on February 19, 2009. Filed under: Saint Anselm |

Saint Anselm (1033-1109),
monk, Bishop, Doctor of the Church Proslogion, ch.16
“Do you not yet understand or comprehend?”
I cannot look directly into your light; it is too great for me.
But whatever I see, I see through it, like a weak eye
that sees what it does by the light of the sun,
though it cannot look at the sun itself.
My understanding cannot take it in, it is too bright,
I cannot receive it;
the eye of my soul cannot bear to turn towards it for too long.
It is dazzled by its glory, mastered by its fullness,
crushed by its immensity, confounded by its extent.
Light, entire and inaccessible! Truth, whole and blessed!
How far you are from me who have come so close to you.
How remote you are from my sight, while I am thus present in your sight.
Everywhere you are entirely present, and I cannot see you.
In you I move and have my being, and I cannot come to you.
You are within me and around me, and I have no experience of you.

(trans Sr. Benedicta Ward)
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