A love poem from God

How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its beauty? It felt the encouragement of Light against its being; otherwise we all remain too frightened.

Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky
Love Poems from God

To be a full human being…

It costs so much to be a full human being that there are very few who have the enlightenment or the courage to pay the price…. One has to abandon altogether the search for security, and reach out to the risk of living with both arms. One has to embrace the world like a lover. One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.

–  To Be A Full Human Being, by Morris West,  The Shoes of the Fisherman

In memory of Lisa Marie Montgomery Adamson

Lisa Marie Montgomery Adamson

In memory of

Lisa Marie Montgomery Adamson

November 5, 1961 – June 4, 2007

I miss your laughter, fun, and gentleness.
I miss the things I used to do for you.
I miss the time, now filled with emptiness,
When each day was a stage for something new.
I miss your love, though mine for you remains,
A passion with no outlet to the sea,
A teardrop in a desert, that contains
What’s left of my maternal ecstasy.
I miss your presence, like a silent chord
That anchored even solitude in grace.
I miss, for my love’s labor, the reward
Of seeing some small pleasure in your face.
All these I miss, and yet they are all here
Within my heart, far more than I can bear.
~Nicholas Gordon

Grace

It is grace in full flow
That transports me beyond
My own limitations
It is grace that dresses me for battle
Against the prevailing winds
It is grace that gives me vision
To see a situation through eyes
More seeing than my own
It is grace that bends
My will
To His
And I am smitten.
– GRACE, Poetry, Prayer and Praise

Where?

The will of God will never take you
Where the grace of God cannot keep you,
Where the arms of God cannot support you,
Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you
Where the spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the army of God cannot protect you,
Where the hands of God cannot mold you.

The will of God will never take you
Where the love of God cannot enfold you,
Where the mercy of God cannot sustain you,
Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you.

The will of God will never take you
Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears,
Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you,
Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.

Everything happens for a purpose. We may not see the wisdom of it all now, but trust and believe in the Lord that everything is for the best.

– Author unknown

Craving for Certainty

Spirit of Wisdom,
take from us all fuss,
the clattering of noise,
the temptation to dominate by
the power of words,
the craving for certainty.
Lead us through the narrow gate of
not knowing,
that we may listen and obey,
and come to a place of silence and stillness,
of true conversation and wisdom.
– The Craving for Certainty, Jim Cotter

Keep on

Keep on beating the path to God’s door,
because the one thing you can be sure of
is that down the path you beat with even your most half-cocked and halting
prayer,
the God you call upon will finally come,
and even if God doesn’t bring you the answer you want, God will bring you
himself.
And maybe at the secret heart of all our prayers
that is what we are really praying for.

– Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC

Joined

In friendship are joined honor and charm, truth and joy, sweetness and good-will, affection and action. And all these take their beginning from Christ, advance through Christ, and are perfected in Christ.
– Aelred of Rievaulx

An intereview with Mother Thersa

Reporter: When you pray, what do you say to God?
Mother Teresa: Nothing. I just listen.
Reporter: What does God say to you?
Mother Teresa: Nothing. God just listens, too. And if you don’t understand that, I can’t explain it to you.