We speak of sacred things

City Park oak


We speak of sacred things

the moments that matter most,

like an early morning walk in the park

as the light streams through the tallest pines,

and being anointed with oil on the forehead

by men with AIDS gnawing at their souls,

and a friend’s unyielding compassion

as her husband finally came to his death,

and the pleasure of heart

from teaching a family tradition into the grandkids.


We speak of painful passages

which are most assuredly also sacred,

like a desperate need to find beauty again

after a move into a caregiving home

with an elder whose animals soil the floors,

and fears of becoming a burden ourselves someday,

and the delicate hearing needed

to catch our soul’s true voice

when it contradicts what the whole family wants.


We speak of what we cherish,

like sharing silence in the gathered community,

and how the tiniest breeze dances among the cypress fronds,

a gift of barely perceivable wonder

offered only to mindful eyes,

and a memory of that fifth grade teacher

whose care saved the life of a latch-key girl.


We close the door

on the week’s sacred conversation

with slow hugs that say, “You matter,”

and looks that want to hold the memory

of the space where we speak of sacred things.


About soulcare4u

I am the author of Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic World, published by Wipf & Stock and available through Amazon.com; and of a blog on Wordpress.com, "A Contemplative Path." I serve as the founding spiritual director of The School for Contemplative Living (www.thescl.net), adjunct faculty of Loyola University, and as a pastoral counselor and spiritual director in private practice.
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