Most of the love I have known has been non-verbal. It has been there in devotion and duty and fidelity revealed in peoples’ lives. It has endured when words have failed. It has sustained me when no one knew what to say. And always behind all love has been the Love, Yahweh, Lord, the God of all. I’ve never seen or heard God. Nor have I known God as the saints and mystics have. But I believe God is here with me. And that is love, and all I know about it. Others, I am aware, experience the presence of God as surely as they experience other people. And from that deep faith they put to shame those like me who walk mostly in darkness, envying those whose God lives experientially within them. What keeps me going is praying for that kind of knowledge. I want it and would trade anything for it. That, too, I hope is love.
— from the book Song of the Sparrow: New Poems and Meditations by Murray Bodo, OFM