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What, therefore, is my God? What, I ask, but the Lord God?
"For who is Lord but the Lord himself, or who is God besides
Most high, most excellent, most potent, most omnipotent;
most merciful and most just; most secret and most truly
present; most beautiful and most strong; stable, yet not
supported; unchangeable, yet changing all things; never
new, never old; making all things new, yet bringing old
age upon the proud, and they know it not; always working,
ever at rest; gathering, yet needing nothing; sustaining,
pervading, and protecting; creating, nourishing, and developing;
seeking, and yet possessing all things. Thou dost love,
but without passion; art jealous, yet free from care; dost
repent without remorse; art angry, yet remainest serene.
Thou changest thy ways, leaving thy plans unchanged; thou
recoverest what thou hast never really lost. Thou art never
in need but still thou dost rejoice at thy gains; art never
greedy, yet demandest dividends. Men pay more than is required
so that thou dost become a debtor; yet who can possess anything
at all which is not already thine? Thou owest men nothing,
yet payest out to them as if in debt to thy creature, and
when thou dost cancel debts thou losest nothing thereby.
Yet, O my God, my life, my holy Joy, what is this that I
have said? What can any man say when he speaks of thee?
But woe to them that keep silence--since even those who
say most are dumb.