A rousing of the mind
to the contemplation of God
"Come now, insignificant man, fly for a moment from your affairs, escape for a
little while from the tumult of your thoughts. Put aside now your weighty cares
and leave your wearisome toils. Abandon yourself for a little to God and rest
for a little in him.
Enter into the inner chamber of your soul, shut out everything save God and what
can be of help in your quest for him and having locked the door seek him out.
Speak now, my whole heart, speak now to God: 'I seek your countenance, O Lord,
your countenance I seek.'
Come then, Lord my God, teach my heart where and how to seek you, where and how
to find you.
Lord, if you are not present here, where, since you are absent, shall I look for
you ? On the other hand, if you are everywhere why then, since you are present,
do I not see you ? But surely you dwell in light inaccessible. And where is this
inaccessible light, or how can I approach the inaccessible light ? Or who shall
lead me and take me into it that I may see you in it ? Again, by what signs,
under what aspect, shall I seek you ? Never have I seen you, Lord my God, I do
not know your face.
What shall he do, most high Lord, what shall this exile do, far away from you as
he is ? What shall your servant do, tormented by love of you and yet cast off
far from your face ? He yearns to see you and your countenance is too far away
from him. He desires to come close to you, and your dwelling place is
inaccessible; he longs to find you and does not know where you are; he is eager
to seek you out and he does not know your countenance.
Lord, you are my God and my Lord, and never have I seen you. You have created me
and recreated me and you have given me all the good things I possess, and still
I do not know you. In fine, I was made in order to see you, and I have not yet
accomplished what I was made for.
And you, O Lord, how long ? How long, Lord, will you be unmindful of us ? How
long will you turn your countenance from us ? When will you look upon us and
hear us? When will you enlighten our eyes and show your countenance to us ? When
will you give yourself again to us?
Look upon us, Lord; hear us, enlighten us, show yourself to us. Give yourself to
us that it may be well with us, for without you it goes so ill for us. Have pity
upon our efforts and our strivings towards you, for we can avail nothing without
Teach me to seek you, and reveal yourself to me as I seek, because I can neither
seek you if you do not teach me how, nor find you unless you reveal yourself.
Let me seek you in desiring you; let me desire you in seeking you; let me find
you in loving you; let me love you in finding you."
St. Anselm of Canterbury, bishop : Proslogion, 1.
O God, You inspired St. Anselm with an ardent desire to find You in prayer
and contemplation among the bustle of everyday occupations, help us to take time
in the feverish rhythm of our days, among the worries and cares of modern life,
for conversation with You, our only hope and salvation! We ask this through
Jesus Christ our Lordů..
By Ateneo Pontificio "Regina