The Divine Intimacy

 ◊  Saint Peter Nolasco, pray for us

Here is another poem from Saint Thomas Aquinas in honor of his feast day. This one expresses in poetic form some very deep theology on the nature of God and hints to mysticism not normally associated with the good doctor. Aquinas also shows his sense of humor in the self-deprecating jab at his weight. (Hint: Aquinas was a large man.)

The experience of something out of nothing—
Is that not how one might describe magic?

A hat upside down may appear empty,
Though at God’s command
All life that any planet has ever known
Could dance around the hat’s rim, holding hands.

The root that needs no ground is He,
And from that root all has come.

Creation is God’s litter,
All are nursed;
Some grow more plump than others, indeed.

Eternally amazed is the soul before God,
Watching Him expand.

Witnessing God reveal Himself to Himself—
that divine intimacy
I know.

— Saint Thomas Aquinas (from Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West, translated by Daniel Ladinsky)

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