My father(s) sweet embrace let go so I could forgive
One gave me life, the other showed me how to live
I felt both present, constant grace and holy freewill
Lessons learned of carpentry, work of craft and skill
Earthly father to earthly son, his love recalled fondly
My role was clear legacy of true humanity with divinity
As my days in both began destiny’s march to its end
I prayed for you to know me before I would ascend
In faith I found myself bound to a promise long before
no fear or temptation could stop that which I adore
It was time to let friends come home from their limbos
and time to open the gates for you to heavens cosmos
My mother watched as Father let go of grace, set me free
I knew your anguish, I knew your pain in my humanity
Superhuman strength began to vanish within my bones
I absorbed it crying out in love, in forgiveness’s moans
Father knew what I must do, He too feeling everything
In tears, we both knew what my death would bring
Because this love, this gift to you, lets you begin again
To live a life full of love, full of my strength as new men
My grace now yours to freely use in all love’s charity
Endless supply for righteous men, for those who believe
I come again into your hearts, for it is you, that I adore
My hope, is you too want to be with me, forevermore
In St. Ignatius Spiritual Exercises he suggests that we put ourselves in Christ shoes as best we can fathom it. St. Ignatius knows it would be sacrilegious to assume we can of course be Christ. We have to ask ourselves without pride yet with deep humility what Christ would want us to be. During these exercises to say I felt the maximum of my human understanding would be an understatement.
For further reflection: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
The above link will take you to Creigton University’s online retreat of the Spiritual Exercises which can be accomplished over a 34 week period.
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Additional Thoughts about my Poetry
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I believe my poetry fits snugly into the category of grounded mystical Christian theology. I have studied, written, and spiritually and physically applied this practical concept in my life for nearly two decades. I have never seen or participated in what some might call a vision or phenomenon. However, I appreciate that they may be a reality for the person or group, and God has provided them with deep consolation. For me, consolation is the beginning of a two-way relationship with God.
My own experiences are more intellectual in nature because I lean toward engineering and science. The reality for me is that God is always present because we are his tabernacles. We constantly miss His surfacing of lighter than a feather touch because we are a physical people. We talk about opening our hearts to this love, but techniquely, our intellect gets in the way. I have been trying to prove this virtually every day for well over a decade by documenting what I believe are grounded mystical thoughts in various ways.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite the world’s distractions.