Climbing and hanging suspended

In this school of love there is always more to be learned. Love is infinite. Someone who has made progress in this school can be sure that it is


love that has drawn her and led her and taught her the ways that she has faithfully followed. Often in great labor and in many activities, in great infirmity and in strong desire, in frequent impatience and in great dissatisfaction, in adversity and in prosperity, in great pain, in seeking and asking, in lacking and in having, in climbing and in hanging suspended, in following and in striving, in need and anxiety, in fear and concern, in great faithfulness and in many unfaithfulnesses, in pleasure and in pain, is she ready to suffer. In death and in life she commits herself to love.

Beatrice of Nazareth.

Edith Scholl introducing Beatrice of Nazareth, The Seven Modes of Love, Tjurunga No. 50, 82. From In the School of Love: An Anthology of Early Cistercian Texts, Edith Scholl, ed.


  1. Bob says:

    This of course is the way of the Religious (Nun)whose vocation is to be A Bride of Christ. Not bad for pre-marital counseling also.

  2. Ellen says:

    May Love overwhelm, overtake, well up in and overflow from us all!

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