Today’s beautiful prayer comes from Mechthild of Magdeburg (ca. 1207 – ca. 1282), a German mystic and a Beguine. She was one of the first mystics to write in German rather than Latin. Her feast day is today, November 19.
Ah, Lord, love me passionately, love me often, and love me long.
For the more passionately you love me, the purer I shall become.
The more often you love me, the more beautiful I shall become.
The longer you love me, the holier I shall become here on earth.