"Focail do a Chara" is Gaelic for "Words for a Friend." I write about my experiences -- in my study of death and dying, in my teaching; in my spiritual seeking; in my call for social justice and compassionate living. I hope these words find you, friend, and bless you.
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Holy one to whom I pray,
here, there, and everywhere.
May my heart see the holiness of this and all realms,
and remain awestruck at the wonder of the earth.
I visualize the day
when our world will be filled with the radiance of divine love,
a place where everyone follows love’s perfect desires for all
and where perfect loving grace and peace reigns.
May each of us have what we need each day
and may those of us who have plenty,
share with brothers and sisters who have less.
May I reconcile with those whom I have hurt
in thoughts, words, and actions,
and those who have hurt me
in thoughts, words, and actions.
May I focus my sight on the pure light of pure love
and may this light of love burn off all manners of evil,
that threaten to block the flow of love in this world.
Originally Posted: Monday, May 29, 2017Nana te Amo
Images of babies. Soft skin, sleepy eyes, smells of powder and poop, sweet earthy smells, chubby cheeks, perfect lips, and tiny tiny fingers and toes. A soft head of dark hair against Carmel skin and deep blue gray eyes. Your weight against my chest as you breathe heavily, deeply, and twitch in your dreams of heaven and earth, secure in your soul's memories, trusting in the life into which you have been placed. I hold you in my arms, my grandson, and give you promises of love, safety, hope, joy, health. Knowing I can guarantee none of these. Te amo, mi Jonah.
Ice beads on tree branches, lacy limbs, white
fog sky. Silent cold of solstice, frozen
buds and waiting, wanting more. Trust the fight
for spring will win; life is always chosen
by the curtain drop. Germinating, tight
encased in fallow ground; warmth will blow in
when it's day. Hazy sky will turn to bright.
Seasons shift from snow to green and flow in
new anticipated patterns, cycles.
Young to old and seed to flower, winter's
sleep to summer's fruit, living, miracle
of death, deeper love from friendship's center.
Good needs time to grow and patience, plot lines'
tensions, resolutions. Creation's signs.