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

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

God fruit

“The more deeply one enters into the experience of the sacred the more one is aware of one’s own personal evil and the destructive forces in society. The fact that one is alive to what is possible for humankind sharpens one’s sense that we are fallen people. The awareness of sin is the inevitable consequence of having met grace... This grace-judgment dynamic reveals that the center of Christian life is repentance. This does not mean that the distinguishing mark of the Christian is breast-beating. Feeling sorry, acknowledging guilt, and prolonging regret may be components of the human condition, but they are not what Jesus means by repentance. Repentance is the response to grace that overcomes the past and opens out to a new future   ― John Shea, A Star at Its Rising: Advent Meditations

I have no trouble finding evil
It flourishes
Planted in the fertile soul of fear and greed

It blooms, its tendrils
Winding through our souls
Squeezing out compassion,
kindness and generosity

and so
in ways sometimes large
and sometimes small

we fall
our lives bearing bitter fruit

as hate and envy win
and we exclude and horde

as hungers from deep within
cause us to misuse our sexuality
or move us to use and abuse alcohol or drugs
seeking to silence the clamoring voices within

we feel helpless
we are helpless

but there is within us too
the Sacred seed

rooted in repentance
watered by grace

a sacred vine
weaving through the fabric of our soul
choking out evil

striving toward the light
breaking free
spreading its branches wide
bearing good fruit

Compassion, forgiveness
Acceptance, generosity

But above all
For ourselves, and for those around us

God fruit

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