Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Mornings with Mary

Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are those in emotional turmoil;
they shall be united inside by love.
Healthy are those weak and overextended for their
they shall feel their inner flow of strength return.
Healed are those who weep for their frustrated desire.
they shall see the face of fulfillment in a new form.
Aligned with the One are the mourners;
they shall be comforted.
Tuned to the Source are those feeling deeply
comforted by life;
they shall be returned from their wandering.

- Prayers of the Cosmos, Reflections on the
Original Meaning of Jesus' Words
translated by Neil Douglas-Klotz

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Monday Mornings with Mary - the East Gate

Out of the silence Light is spoken.
We do not hear it or see it until it is spoken.

Now, the Wisdom of God, Sophia, comes forth, 
reaching from 'end to end'mightily.'

She wills to be also the unseen
pivot of all nature,
the center and significance
of all the light that is 
IN all and FOR all.

That which is poorest and humblest ,
that which is most hidden in all things
is nevertheless most obvious in them,
and quite manifest, for it is their own self
that stands before us, naked and without care.

These words are once again from the essay 'Sophia' by Thomas Merton.
I was first introduced to Thomas Merton by Fran Redondowriter's blog
and ever since I have been reading his writings and poetry non-stop.
His words carry so many layers and he was a man with a vision
of the feminine principle of the Divine and Her peace, mercy
and compassion which this world so lacks.

This shrine is the latest addition to my garden, and as you can
see I could nor stop taking pictures of Mary in the early morning light.
You can also see there is still lots of work to be done
around it.

First thing in the morning I sit outside in my garden, 
looking East and one morning as the light shimmered and danced,
I clearly saw the Light of Mary emanating from that shimmering light.
Instinctively my heart listened and my heart heard :
I Am the Light;
I am the Eastern Gate;
I Am the Dawn;
I am that hidden Love that transforms night into day.

I there and then decided to put up a shrine  in that corner
so that I can fill my eyes' gaze with her in the light
and remember the eternal promise of Love changes all.

It is autumn here and I have the most beautiful hawthorn in my
garden which just appeared one day.  Someone sent me the link
of the symbolic meaning of the hawthorn bush
and I was not surprised to read that this plant
has through the ages always been associated with
the presence and energy of the Blessed Mary.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday mornings with Mary, the Sun

III High Morning : The Hour of Tierce

The sun burns in the blue sky like the face of God,
but we do not know
his countenance as terrible.
His light is diffused in the air and the 
light of God is
diffused by Hagia Sophia.

All the perfection of created things are also in God, and therefore He is
at once Father and Mother.
As Father He stands in solitary might
surrounded by darkness.

As Mother His shining is diffused, embracing all
His creatures with
merciful tenderness and light. 

The Diffuse Shining of God is Hagia Sophia. 
We call Her His 'glory'.
In Sophia
His power is experienced only as
mercy and love.

The feminine principle in the world is the
inexhaustible source of creative
realisations of the Father's glory.
She is His manifestation in radiant splendour!
But she remains unseen,
glimpsed only by a few.

Sometimes there are none who know Her at all.

IV Sunset. The Hour of Compline. Salve Regina

Now the Blessed Virgin Mary is the one created being
who enacts and shows forth in her life
all that is hidden in Sophia.
Because of this she can be said to be a personal
manifestation of Sophia,
Who in God is Ousia
rather than Person.

Extracted from Sophia by Thomas Merton (Maria Lodewicus)

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