How good and sweet it is, Jesus, to dwell in your heart! All my thoughts and affections will I sink in the Heart of Jesus, my Lord. I have found the Heart of my king, my brother, my friend, the Heart of my beloved Jesus. And now that I have found your Heart, which is also mine, dear Jesus, I will pray to you. Grant that my prayer may reach you, may find entrance to your Heart. Draw me to yourself. O Jesus, who is infinitely above all beauty and every charm, wash me clean from my defilement; wipe out even the smallest trace of sin. If you, who is all-pure, will purify me, I will be able to make my way into your Heart and dwell there all my life long. There I will learn to know your will, and find the grace to fulfill it. Amen.
- St. Bernard of Clairvaux
This prayer is in the work, The Lure of Saints, by John M. Sweeney (Paraclete Press: Brewser, MA) 2005.
I've finished reading this work and have found it stimulating and clarifying, especially in an important section dealing with the Catholic Imagination. I hope to write more about it later.