POETRY: The Love Of The Cross, by Clare of Assisi

The Love Of The Cross Clare of Assisi

Look, I say, at the border of this mirror, that is,
the poverty of Him
Who was placed in a manger and
wrapped in swaddling clothes.

O marvelous humility!
O astonishing poverty!
The King of angels,
the Lord of Heaven and Earth,
is laid in a manger!

Then reflect upon, at the surface of the mirror,
the holy humility, at least the blessed poverty,
the untold labors and punishments
that He endured for the redemption of the whole
human race.

Finally contemplate, in the depth of this same mirror,
the ineffable charity that He chose
to suffer on the tree of the Cross
and to die there the most shameful kind of death.

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