“Full of Yes”

This morning I felt compelled to pray. Instead, I wrote a poem. Some, like Mary Oliver, would say, “same thing.”

I wrote because the prayer I would have said (Hail, Mary) did not seem right. It seemed too perfect, idealistic. I wanted something earthier, something more real. Something I could identify with.

Hail, Mary, Full of  Yes

You are

The girl who said yes

Without knowing how

It would all unfold.

 

You became the

Mother of mysteries, the

Mother of sorrows.

Stabat Mater.

 

What can you tell me about the path between

Yes and no,

Faith and despair,

Acceptance and resignation?

 

Did you feel blessed

Or cursed.

Favored or burdened.

Foolish or wise.

 

What can you tell me about

The joy and heartache

of Yes?

 

Or, just tell me

Would you do it all again?

Would you?

About Soul Intention

"Spirituality is, ultimately, about what we do with...desire. What we do with our longings, both in terms of handling the pain and the hope they bring us, that is our spirituality." from The Holy Longing by Ronald Rolheiser. Paraphrasing what Gerald May has said, in his book Will and Spirit, spirituality is our experience and interpretation of our relationship with the Sacred. The intent of this blog is to explore for myself, and to invite others to explore with me, just what is it we do with our desire? What is our spirituality? Mine has been shaped by many things...in my formative years, by the Roman Catholic church. In the last decade, by the 12 steps. Most recently, by the Episcopal Church. And, always, always, by the sense that Nature helped to reveal the Great Mystery, of which we are all a part. So, my spirituality includes concrete practices, like the Steps, as well as probing more philosophical matters. I was certified, in January 2011, as a Spiritual Director by the Haden Institute. During those 21 months of study, which included a broad range of topics from Celtic Spirituality, to the Christian Mystics, to Jungian Depth psychology, I was given the space and time to ponder my own spiritual journey, hear about others' paths, and benefit from participation in an intentional community. My hope is that this blog can engender a similar conversation. Peace, Paul
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