Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Song of Anselm

This comes a day late for the Feast of St. Anselm, but I thought this (taken from James Kiefer's site) was too lovely to not share:



A SONG OF ANSELM

Jesus, as a mother you gather your people to you:
you are gentle with us as a mother with her children;
Often you weep over our sins and our pride:
tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgment.

You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds:
in sickness you nurse us,
and with pure milk you feed us.

Jesus, by your dying we are born to new life:
by your anguish and labor we come forth in joy.

Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness:
through your gentleness we find comfort in fear.

Your warmth gives life to the dead:
your touch makes sinners righteous.

Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us:
in your love and tenderness remake us.

In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness:
for the beauty of heaven may your love prepare us.

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