You shall love nothingness,
You shall flee the self,
You shall stand alone,
Seeking help from no one,
So your being may be quiet,
And not bound by any thing,
You shall give liberty to the captives,
And encourage those who are free,
You shall care for the sick,
Even though you dwell alone,
You shall drink the waters of sorrow,
And kindle love's fire
with the kindling of virtue --
This is the way you shall live in the desert.
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Mechthild of Magdeburg    (1210-1282)
Most of what is known of Mechthild of Magdeburg comes from her book
references to court custom and courtly literature, which suggest she was from an
educated family, as does the fact that she could read and write German (although
she tells us that she does not know Latin).  She had at least one brother who
became a Dominican. In her early 20s, she left her home to go to Magdeburg (on
the Elbe River); she appears to have lived most of her life there as a beguine,
apparently in a community, perhaps as a superior.  Near the end of her life, about
1270, she entered a monastery at Helfta which followed Cistercian customs.
God Asks the Soul What It Brings
God:     What do you bring Me, My Queen?

Soul:     Lord, I bring You my precious treasure; It is greater than the
mountains, wider than the world, deeper than the sea,
higher than the clouds, more glorious than the sun, more
numerous than the sun, more numerous than the stars,
it outweighs the entire earth!

God:     O you, the image of My Divine likeness, made noble by My
humanity, adorned by My Holy Spirit, what do you call
this precious treasure?

Soul:    O Lord, I call it my heart's desire I have kept it away from
worldly things I have denied others and myself my
heart's desire Now I can no longer carry it.  Where,
O Lord, shall I lay it?

God:    You shall place your heart's desire nowhere but in My own
Divine Heart and on my human breast.  There alone
you will find comfort and My Spirit will embrace you.
In Suffering You Will Be as a Lamb, a Dove, and a Bride
You are My lamb in your sufferings,
My dove in your sighings
And My bride in your waiting.
Pray That God Love You Often and Long, So You Shall
Become Pure and Beautiful and Holy
Ah, Lord, love me passionately, love me often, love me long.  For
the more continuously You love me, the purer I will be; the more

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