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

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

fully alive

As the intelligence of the human race evolves

all the competing-campaigning as it were –

religions will be viewed differently


One will see they are all basically contestants

in a beauty pageant


and the religion that an make your own

beauty most know will win your most respect

                                         Hafiz  (A Year with Hafiz p.165)



Ignatius of Loyola, that salty Basque once observed

“the glory of God is found in a human being fully alive”


when we are fully alive, God’s glory shine

when God’s glory shines in us, we are fully alive


it seems to me, as I think about it

as I sit in my study, looking out the window

as an early summers sun shines through the fluttering leaves of the aspens


that if one belongs to God

and if God is present and roiling in one’s soul

burning like fire, roaring like wind

then the very nature of God should ooze from us


Jesus is more optimistic

He says Sacred Presence will rush from us, like a spring of water


and since God is joy, and hope

peace, and love

we should too should be like that

fully alive, reflecting the glory of God

love, joy, peace, and hope


So it seems, as I struggle through this,

that whatever flows from me reflects what fills me and determines me


if God, glory

if not God?


Sometimes as I look at what comes forth out or my mouth

what spills forth from my fingers as I madly type

sometimes as I look at how I act

I realize that what is inspiring my life is not God


but something else

anger, perhaps, or fear, pride, or insecurity


and I realize that my “fruits” are the best indicator I have

as to how I am doing in terms of my connection with the Sacred.

Am I a green, flexible, joyful branch, or a dead stick?


what makes this even more critical is the fact

that whatever oozes from my soul is contagious

I pass it along, infecting others


Padraig O’Tuama suggests that [if] we are from God and for God

then we are from goodness and for goodness


as God draws forth the goodness in us

we, as those filled with God, should draw forth the goodness in other

“by their fruit you shall know them”


how we fill the space around us

what happens in the lives and souls of those we live with, work with,

worship with, play with, reflects our inner world


just as God makes us fully alive

and draws out the best in us (if what controls us is actually God)

so we, as God’s people, are to draw out the best in those around us


these are not just times that test our souls, these are times that reveal our souls

and reveal who, or what, is defining our lives


So my prayer for the day is simple

Lord make me fully alive, make me fully love

Reveal my own beauty, that I might reveal the beauty in others… amen

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