Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cat Spirituality

When James Finley was a young monk at the monastery of Gethsemane, he shared with Thomas Merton (who was his spiritual director) his frustration at his seemingly inept efforts to experience God’s presence. Merton responded: “How does an apple ripen? It just sits in the sun.” Not that we don’t need to continue to seek God, but by our own efforts alone we cannot achieve spiritual maturity. We must bring ourselves to the Light where God’s grace seasons us into juicy, sweet, flavorful ripeness.
                                                                                                                                Richard Rohr

Tess the cat
wanders nonchalantly into my study
casually ignoring me as she circles
the leaps
landing lightly on my desk

with a gentle bump of her head
she makes her presence known
and then
like all good cats finds the mouse

silently she sits
then settles
leaning against my hand

and we are connected

she is my Spiritual Director

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