Friday, September 25, 2009

L'Abandon

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus (1873-1897), Carmelite, Doctor of the Church
Poem 52 « L'Abandon est le fruit délicieux de l'amour »

« 'And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.' He said this indicating the kind of death he would die» (Jn 12 ,32-33)

There is on this earth
A marvelous Tree,
Its root, O mystery!Is in Heaven...
In its shadeNever could anything cause pain.
One can rest there
Without fearing the storm.
Love is the name
Of this ineffable Tree,
And its delectable fruit
Is called Abandonment.
Even in this life this fruit
Gives me happiness.
My soul delights
In its divine fragrance.It seems a treasure.
Putting it to my mouth,It is sweeter still. It gives me in this world
An ocean of peace.In this deep peace
I rest forever...
Abandonment alone brings meInto your arms, O Jesus.
It alone makes me live
The life of the Elect.