You flood me in the splendor of Your light
and, yet, blind, I can't see You.
You talk to me in the eloquence of Your speech
and, yet, deaf, I can't hear You.
You fire me in the heat of Your love
and, yet, insensible, I can't feel You.
Oh! Strange contradiction!
You, so close to me,
and I, so far from You!
Lord, unveil my eyes, which are blind, because of pride;
open my ears which are deaf because of vanity,
and make my heart sensible for it is hardened because of wickedness,
so that I can find out Your divine presence,
in the intimacy of my being!
RUBENS COSTA ROMANELLI: "O Primado do Espírito" cap. 1, pg. 15, 3rd enlarged edition, 1965, Editora Síntese Ltda., Divinópolis - M.G., Brazil.