O Love, Love

O Love, Love!
You know how I love You, how I desire
To contemplate You!
You know also how I suffer…
And yet, thirty, forty years more if You like,
I am ready.
Consume my whole substance for Your glory.
Let it be distilled
Drop by drop
For Your Church.

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
From Drink of the Stream

Prayers of Carmelites published by Ignatius Press, San Francisco.
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