A beautiful reflection by St Teresa on holy Love and her desire to die and be with Gd. I Live Without Living In Me Teresa of Avila I live without living in me, and I expect a life so high, that I die because I do not die. I live already beside myself since I am dying of love; because I live in Him, who wanted me for Himself: when I gave my heart to Him He placed this sign in it, that I die because I do not die. This divine prison, the love in which I’m living, has made God my captive, and my heart free; causing in me such passion, to see God, my prisoner, That I die because I do not die. Oh, how long is this life! How hard this exile, this prison, these chains which my soul has entered! Just waiting to get free causes me so much fierce pain, that I die because I do not die. Ah! so much bitterness in this life without God as my lover! Because if to be in love is sweet, to wait so long is not: take this burden God, heavier than steel, that I die because I do not die. Trusting in You alone, I only live because I know I’ll die because in death I know that I will live; death, where I’ll find life do not be slow, it is you I wait for, that I die because I do not die. You see how strong love is; life, do not hinder me, you see, all I need do to gain you is to lose you. Come on already sweet death come quickly death that I die because I do not die. That life above, that is the true life, until this life dies nothing can be enjoyed in living death, don’t be coy; let me live by dying first, that I die because I do not die. Life, what can I give to my God who lives in me? In losing you, then I am worthy of gaining Him. I want to reach Him by dying, Since I love my lover so, that I die because I do not die.