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

Monday, July 6, 2015

Looking through the Veil

To wish to learn from the Celtic Christian is to wish to sense the passionate presence of God in all of life. It is to find God in the ordinary events of life, love, eating, working, playing. . . . It is also to perceive that time and place do not separate us from what we ordinarily do not see and sense. The ancient Celts believed that the other world was always close to us and became apparent in the 'thin times' and 'thin places' in which the veil that usually obscured them was lifted.
             Timothy J. Joyce, Celtic Christianity: A Sacred Tradition, a Vision of Hope (Orbis Books: 1998), 154

a hazy sky
a blood red sun

a killdeer playing hide and seek along the road
calves playing
owls hooting

down the road
the massive dump truck of my neighbor rumbles
and a friendly arm waves out the window

two walkers pick up trash along the road
and smile a greeting as I pass by

slowly the sun morphs into a brilliant yellow orb
and the grayish sky brightens into blue

a covey of quail darts into the grass
which glows golden with reflective glory

Sacred is

even in the dust
swirling up from
beneath my feet

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