And when you speak to him using your customary name “Jesu”, in your ear it will be joy, in your mouth honey, and in your heart melody, because it will seem joy to you to hear that name being pronounced, sweetness to speak it, cheer and singing to think it.
If you think the name “Jesus” continually and cling to it devotedly, then it will cleanse you from sin and set your heart aflame. It will enlighten your soul, remove turbulence, and eliminate lethargy; it will give the wound of love (The Song 5:7-8) and fill the soul to overflow with love; it will chase off the devil and eliminate terror, open heaven, and create a mystic.
Have “Jesus” in your mind, because it expels all wickedness and delusion from his lover; and greet Mary frequently, both day and night. Great will be the love and joy you feel if you are willing to act in accordance with this instruction. There is no need for you to be very eager for a lot of books:
Hold on to love in heart and deed, and you’ve got everything which we can talk or write about. For the fulfilment of the law is love: On that, everything depends.
- From The Fire of Love, by Richard Rolle (1304? - 1349) English hermit, religious writer and Bible translator