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8. Now let him who is able follow thy apostle with his understanding
when he says, "Thy love is shed abroad in our hearts by
the Holy Spirit, who is given to us"
and who teacheth us about spiritual gifts and showeth us a more excellent
way of love; and who bows his knee unto thee for us, that
we may come to the surpassing knowledge of the love of Christ.
Thus, from the beginning, he who is above all was "moving
over" the waters.
To whom shall I tell this? How can I speak of the weight
of concupiscence which drags us downward into the deep abyss,
and of the love which lifts us up by thy Spirit who moved
over the waters? To whom shall I tell this? How shall I
tell it? For concupiscence and love are not certain "places"
into which we are plunged and out of which we are lifted
again. What could be more like, and yet what more unlike?
They are both feelings; they are both loves. The uncleanness
of our own spirit flows downward with the love of worldly
care; and the sanctity of thy Spirit raises us upward by
the love of release from anxiety--that we may lift our hearts
to thee where thy Spirit is "moving over the waters." Thus,
we shall have come to that supreme rest where our souls
shall have passed through the waters which give no standing