Metchild Von Hackborn (1242-1299).

In this time the gentle Lord revealed to her the wonderful things of his mysteries and gladdened her so much with the sweetness of his presence that she, as if drunken, could no longer contain herself and imparted to guests and friends that inner grace that she concealed for so many years. Buber, Ecstatic Confessions, P.61.

(...) when a servant asked her what she did when she lay thus with closed eyes, she answered, "My soul deligths in the enjoyment of God, swimming in the Godhead like a fish in water or a bird in the air; and there is no difference between the saints' enjoyment of God and my soul's union except that they enjoy him in joy, and I in pain." Ibid., P.61.


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