–But, Oh, what intoxication of light, Oh, what
movements of fire!
Oh, what swirlings of the flame in me, miserable one
that I am,
coming from You and Your glory!
The glory I know it and I say it is Your Holy Spirit,
who has the same nature with You and the same
honor, O Word
He is of the same race, the same glory,
of the same essence, He alone with Your Father
and with You, O Christ, O God of the universe!
I fall down in adoration before You.
I thank You that You have made me worthy to know,
however little it may be,
the power of your divinity.
I thank You that You, even when I was sitting in
revealed Yourself to me, You enlightened me,
You granted me to see the light of Your countenance
that is unbearable to all.
I remained seated in the middle of the darkness, I
but, white I was there surrounded by darkness,
You appeared as light, illuminating me completely
from Your total light.
And I became light in the night, I who was found in
the midst of darkness.
Neither the darkness extinguished Your light
nor did the light dissipate the visible darkness,
but they were together, yet completely separate,
without confusion, far from each other,surely not at
except in the same spot where they filled everything.
So I am in the light, yet I am found in the middle of
So I am in the darkness, yet I am in the middle of
–How can darkness receive within itself a light
and, without being dissipated by light
it still remains in the middle of the light?
O awesome wonder which I see doubly,
with my two sets of eyes, of the body and of
From Maloney and de Catanzaro’s translation of The Discourses (The Classics of Western Spirituality)