What ponderous love is this?


A love that scolds and shames,

and casts aspersions in the name

of righteousness.


That lays a path of petals, beckoning me to

take rest in a minefield

bedecked as pastel Spring.


This is the love of a misshapen god, indeed, and only,

whose commandments of brittle obedience peck at the heart;

whose comfort never comes;

whose judgments scorch like jagged bolts.


Before you, I have made endless altars of supplication.

I have no more hopes to sacrifice;

they mound now, as ashes, about my feet.


So, I will be remade, not in your graven image

but, turned by my own hand, and

fired in the kiln of compassion.




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 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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