God, whose love and joy
are present everywhere,
can’t come to visit you unless you aren’t there.
~ Angelus Silesius
Living in the middle of the 17th century, Johann Angelus Silesius was a German Catholic priest and physician. His poetry delights in the subtle paradoxes of mysticism; the slection above is a perfect example, and on which Roger Housden comments, “When the ego doesn’t try to make love and joy its own, they can just flow, and we become part of the flow.”