A prayer of combustion

Praise be to you, my Lord, through Brother Fire.
He illuminates the night with joy;
his beauty is robust and strong.

I see embers on wood combust into fire
by breath and wind of life.

Divine Master,
have mercy on me.

I see embers of my heart combust into fire
by breath and wind of prayer.

Divine Master,
have mercy on me.


Now, my heart is aflame
with the unceasing prayer
of mercy.

Divine Master,
have mercy on me.


In emptying myself,
inflame me with Your Peace;
in giving this peace away,
give me an increase of You;
and when my ego seeks to rule me,
let the prayer of combustion turn me to penance,
to return me to the channel of peace, the fire of Your love.

Divine Master,
have mercy on me.

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