Who are you, sweet Light, who inundate
me and enlighten the night of my heart?
You guide me just like a mother’s hand;
but if you leave me
I cannot advance a single step.
You are space
that surrounds my being
and in which it is concealed.
If you abandon me I fall into the abyss
of nothingness, from where
you called me into being.
You are nearer to me than myself
more intimate than my inmost being.
And yet no one touches you
or understands you
and you break the bonds of every name:
Holy Spirit – Eternal Love!
– St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein)