“But you who are so happy here, tell me:
do you aspire to a more profound insight, or a greater ecstasy?”
She smiled a little, as did the shades beside her;
then answered with such gladness that her whole being seemed to glow with love’s first fire:
‘Brother, God’s generosity itself calms our will,
and makes us want no more than what we have, and long for nothing else.
If we desired any greater bliss,
we would not be in harmony with Him
whose love assigns us to a lower place.
The essence of this joy
is that we all have given up our personal desires
so that our will is merged with God’s own will.
Therefore our rank in heaven, from height to height,
is just as dear to each particular soul
as to the Master who appointed it.
In His will is our peace: It is the sea
into which all currents and all streams
empty themselves, for all eternity.”