Stand therefore at the right hand of thy Spouse, “clothed in a garment of gold”, “adorned with a charity that is not feigned”, but “ruddy and pure” from the ardor and fervor of Christ.

But where wilt thou get this gold to gild thy garments? From the “land of Hevilath” which means the land of sorrow. There is Christ Who says: “Attend and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow”.

There wilt thou find gold and “the gold of that land is very good”. For there Christ gave evidence of the greatest possible love because “greater charity no man hath than that by which a man lays down his life forhis friends” – as if He would say: this is the greatest love, this is the best gold.

There the mines are open. “They pierced”, He says “My Hands and My Feet”. Others have labored in these mines but thou canst enter in their labors and like a friend and “a dove live in the clefts of the rock”, and “that rock is Christ”.

There wilt thou find an abundance of gold, the plenitude of charity. But if thou findest gold, wilt thou collect it and conserve what thou hast collected?

It is the rivers that flow from the fountains and wounds of the Savior that give evidence of an abundance of this ruddy gold; in fact the very rivers are golden.

If therefore thou shalt stand at the Right Hand (of Christ) thou wilt be gilded from the stream flowing out of His Right Side.

Approach therefore and stand nearer that thou mayest be more thoroughly saturated, that “thy garments may be reddened by Him Who treads the winepress”.

There indeed at the Right Hand did the Saints stand “with the Queen” their mother, the Church, and “they washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb”.

Jordan of Saxony (c.1190-1237): Letter 7 to Diana of Andalo.