The anxious quest

St. Joseph Church Plain City, Ohio Photo: Wikimedia Commons

St. Joseph Church, Plain City, Ohio
Photo: Wikimedia Commons


Other people may teach us how to seek God, and angels, how to adore him, but the Holy Spirit alone teaches how to find him, possess him and enjoy him. The Spirit himself is the anxious quest of the one who truly seeks, he is the devotion of the one who adores in spirit and truth, he is the wisdom of the one who finds, the love of the one who possesses, the gladness of the one who enjoys.

William of Saint Thierry



from The Golden Epistle, quoted in In the School of Love: An Anthology of Early Cistercian Texts, selected and annotated by Edith Scholl, OCSO. Cistercian Publications, 2000, p.139.

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