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O ignis Spiritus Paracliti

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In this song, Saint Hildegard honors the "Spirit of Fire" (often associated with the Holy Spirit) as the creator of all that brings light to the world, and therefore life.

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O Virtus Sapientiae

In this twelfth-century song, Saint Hildegard eulogizes the Holy Trinity.

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Ave generosa

This twelfth-century hymn pays homage to the divine communion between God and unadulterated souls, as symbolized by his blessing of the Virgin Mary.

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Mystic

Sylvia Plath questions the direction one should take after one has seen the Divine.

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"I never saw a moor . . ."

The poet does not have to see to believe --the definition of faith.

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“Let nothing disturb thee . . .”

This tiny comforting poem was found on a bookmark in Teresa's Breviary.

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Last Night as I Was Sleeping

Machado beautifully expresses what happens when we are present to life without the distractions that hijack our hearts and minds.

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Briefly It Enters, and Briefly Speaks

In Kenyon's liturgical poem there is a sense of the divine permeating everything; we ourselves are part of that divinity.

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"For years my heart inquired of me"

This poem by Hafez reflects on the everlasting questions of truth and the meaning of life.

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Song of Myself, 51

This poem about discovery, change, and transformation contains Whitman's arguably most famous lines: “Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”

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"The Sun Never Says"

This Hafiz-inspired poem by Daniel Ladinsky shows the nature of unconditional love and that selfless quality of really being able to love someone well.

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Christian Mysticism