Everything there Is

Is too cramped for me; I am so wide! For what’s uncreated I have reached out In eternity. I have held it fast. It has opened me Wider than wide. I find all else too cramped; You know that well, You who’ve reached there too. One is free In that company Undivided; That’s why it’s…

A Letter, a Vision and a Poem

Letter 3 God be with you! I entreat you by the veritable virtue and fidelity that God himself is, think continually of that holy virtue which he himself is, and which he was in his way of acting when he lived as Man. 0 sweet love! now we are living as men. Now think of…

Writing for Love’s Sake

The Work of Hadewijch On 17 February 1236, at Cambrai in Northern France, a béguine was burned alive on the orders of the Inquisition. Her execution had been sanctioned by no fewer than five bishops. But an entire regiment was brought in for the occasion, to maintain order and to protect the inquisitor responsible, one…