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Rest Silently in Resurrection

Most surely, in the thin places, the Irish teach us to sense another reality

Most surely, in the thin places, the Irish teach us to sense another reality

Those who do not know there is another life after this one, or who cannot bring themselves to live in time as if they were meant to spend their eternity in God, resist the fruitful silence of their own being by continual noise. Even when their own tongues are still, their minds chatter without end and without meaning, or they plunge themselves into the protective noise of machines, traffic or radios. When their own noise is momentarily exhausted, they rest in the noise of other people.

– Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

Resurrection and Touching the Mystery of Life

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Let us shine the light on what we fear – and find Resurrection where we least expect it

There is a certain fear of death that comes from not having lived yet. I had to face it myself when I had cancer a few years ago. I don’t think I was afraid of death at that time, but I also knew I had already lived. Once you know you have touched upon this mystery of life, you are not afraid of death. There is an existential terror about losing what you’ve never found. Something in me says, “I haven’t done ‘it’ yet.” I haven’t experienced the stream of life yet. I haven’t touched the real, the good, the true, and the beautiful—which is, of course, what we were created for.

– Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs

What Is Resurrection Living?

Christian spirituality means eating together, sharing together, drinking together, talking with each other, receiving each other, experiencing God’s presence through each other, and in doing so, proclaiming the gospel as God’s alternative vision for everyone.

– Elizabeth Schussler Fiorenza

Table fellowship - an important piece of Resurrection Living

Table fellowship – an important piece of Resurrection Living

Enter Into a New Reality – Enter Into Resurrection

You never change things by fighting existing reality. To change something, build a new reality that makes the existing reality obsolete.

– R. Buckminster Fuller

The reality of this starfish is not what it once was; nor can it go back to it.

The reality of this starfish is not what it once was; nor can it go back to it.

Resurrection – The Great Turning

Shall I be part of the great turning, or will I simply sit it out on the porch?

Shall I be part of the great turning, or will I simply sit it out on the porch?

Cosmic change is not cosmetic change. It is radical, meaning ‘to the root,’ and it will mean the upheaval of our cherished customs and the disposal of stories that have provided the basic framework for our lives. We must not underestimate the enormity of what is being asked of us, even as we celebrate with joy the new and salvific. In its initial moments resurrection is indistinguishable from death. At first we are unable to see the great turning that has taken place. All that has been comfortable, all that has held us in place is gone, and there is nothing recognizable to stand on. Everything on which we have planted our feet is swept away.

– Judy Cannato

Easter – The Promise of Resurrection

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.

– Martin Luther

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Resurrection, written on the leaves of the hydrangea

God’s Love

Artist's rendition of the Descent of the Holy Spirit - found in Sopra Minerva,a church in Rome

Artist’s rendition of the Descent of the Holy Spirit – found in Sopra Minerva,a church in Rome

Today, on the Feast of Pentecost which signals the end of the Easter Season, I offer a poem offered among the Easter resources from Education for Justice. It was written by Richard Rolle in the14th Century. I appreciate Scott Cairns information that allowed me to correct the source material.

God’s Love

O Holy Spirit, Who breathes
where You will, breathe into me
and draw me to Yourself.
Invest the nature You have shaped,
with gifts so flowing with honey that,
from intense joy in Your sweetness
this clay might turn from lesser things,
that it may accept (as You give them)
spiritual gifts, and through pleasing
jubilation, it may melt, entirely,
in holy love, reaching finally out
to touch the Uncreated Light.
Source: Love’s Immensity: Mystics on the Endless Life, by Scott
Cairns. Brewster, MA:Paraclete Press, 2007. p. 105
This is not an original poem written by me. It is published in my collection of translations and adaptations from the writings of Christian mystics. This is not the first time that folks have failed to do their homework in attributing these and other of those poems; I’m hoping, however, that it might be the last. The text from which I constructed the poem was written in the 14th Century by Richard Rolle. My adaptation also employs lineation which the above text does not resemble. Just saying.