I shall say something briefly – and, I hope, usefully! – on the city of Jerusalem for its edification; and for the glory of the reign of its King I shall speak and I shall listen to what the Lord within me tells me of Himself and of His city.
May my words be as a drop of oil on the fire which God has enkindled in your hearts, so that your souls, burning with both the fire of charity and the oil of this exhortation, may rise up stronger, burn with greater fervor and mount ever higher.
May your soul leave this world, traverse the heavens themselves and pass beyond the stars until you reach God. Seeing Him in spirit and loving Him, may you breathe a gentle sigh and come to rest in Him…
[...] The city of Jerusalem is built upon the heights. Its builder is God. There is but one foundation of this city: it is God.
There is but one founder: it is He, Himself, the All High, who has established it.
One is the life of all those who live in it, one is the light of those who see, one is the peace of those who rest, one is the bread which quenches the hunger of all; one is the spring whence all may drink, happy without end.
And all that is God Himself, Who is all in all: honor, glory, strength, abundance, peace and all good things. One alone is sufficient unto all.
This firm and stable city remains forever. Through the Father, it shines with a dazzling light;
through the Son, splendor of the Father, it rejoices, loves;
through the Holy Spirit, the Love of the Father and the Son, subsisting, it changes; contemplating, it is enlightened; uniting, it rejoices. It is, it sees, it loves.
It is, because its strength is the power of the Father; it sees; because it shines with the wisdom of God; it loves, because its joy is in the goodness of God.
Blessed is this land which fears no adversity and which knows nothing but the joys of the full knowledge of God.
Now, each has his own garment; but in the eighth age, the armies of the blessed will bear a double palm.
All will know. All words will be hushed and only hearts will speak.
Bodies will be spiritual and invisible, bright as the sun, quick and pliant as could be desired, with strength to carry out any command.
Anonymous Monk of the Benedictine Abbey of Bèze (early 12th century?): Elevations on the Glories of Jerusalem (quoted in Jean Leclercq OSB, The Love of Learning and the Desire for God; A Study of Monastic Culture, ch 45).