I shall take heed, says the devout
soul, and I shall hear what my Lord Jesus shall speak in me.
Blessed be those ears that hear the
secret whisperings of Jesus and heed not the deceitful whisperings
of this world;
And blessed be the good plain ears
that heed not the world's wisdom, but rather take heed to what God
speaks and teaches in the soul.
Blessed be those eyes that are
closed to outward vanities, and that take heed to the inward movings
Blessed be they also that grow in
virtue and daily perform the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
They will receive daily more and more the secret inspirations and
inward teachings of God.
And blessed be they who commit
themselves wholly to serve God, and for his service put away all
hindrances of the world.
O, you, my soul! Take heed to that
which has been said before and shut the door of your soul to the
world that you may hear spiritually what our Lord Jesus speaks fully
in your soul.
Thus says my Beloved: "I am
your health, I am your peace. I am your life. Keep me at your side
and you shall find peace in me. Forsake the love of transitory
things and seek things that are everlasting."
The Imitation of Chirst: a Kempis