Speak now, my whole heart! speak now to God, saying, I seek your face; your face, Lord, will I seek (Psalm 27:8). And come you now, O Lord my God, teach my heart where and how it may seek you, where and how it may find you.
Lord, if you art not here, where shall I seek you, being absent? But if you are everywhere, why do I not see you present? Truly you dwell in unapproachable light.
But where is unapproachable light, or how shall I come to it? Or who shall lead me to that light and into it, that I may see you in it?
Again, by what marks, under what form, shall I seek you? I have never seen you, O Lord, my God; I do not know your form. What, O most high Lord, shall this man do, an exile far from you?
What shall your servant do, anxious in his love of you, and cast out afar from your face? He pants to see you, and your face is too far from him.
He longs to come to you, and your dwelling-place is inaccessible. He is eager to find you, and knows not your place. He desires to seek you, and does not know your face. […]
When will you look upon us, and hear us? When will you enlighten our eyes, and show us your face? When will you restore yourself to us? Look upon us, Lord; hear us, enlighten us, reveal yourself to us.
[…] Teach me to seek you, and reveal yourself to me, when I seek you, for I cannot seek you, except you teach me, nor find you, except you reveal yourself.
Let me seek you in longing, let me long for you in seeking; let me find you in love, and love you in finding. Lord, I acknowledge and I thank you that you have created me in this your image, in order that I may be mindful of you, may conceive of you, and love you.
[…] I do not endeavor, O Lord, to penetrate your sublimity, for in no wise do I compare my understanding with that; but I long to understand in some degree your truth, which my heart believes and loves.
For I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe – that unless I believed, I should not understand.
Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109): Proslogion, 1