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2018-05-06 Laughter as the First Sign of Enlightenment
2018-04-22 Crisis as An Opportunity for Evolution
2018-04-01 Easter Sunday - The Resurrection of Jesus
2018-03-25 Palm Sunday – When Jesus Made an Ass of Himself
2018-03-04 Human Suffering and its Causes
2018-02-18 I am the Way, the Truth and the Life

Musings

An Ordinary Walk

2018 – 02

I

An Ordinary Walk - Musings: 2018 - Volume 2; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

It started out as an ordinary walk;
my typical sleep-walking.
Then I woke up
and my senses shifted dimensions.
A gentle voice teasingly asked,
“Do you see what I see?”

 

II

An Ordinary Walk - Musings: 2018 - Volume 2; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

And then the veil lifted.
Every tree leaf
became a portal,
beckoning me
into the Beyond.

 

III

An Ordinary Walk - Musings: 2018 - Volume 2; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

Every breath I took
was inspired by Ruah Yahweh,
inviting me to rebirth myself
again, and again and again.

 

IV

An Ordinary Walk - Musings: 2018 - Volume 2; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

Every firm footfall of mine
touched the belly of Gaia,
the mother who gave me life,
and food,
and clothes,
and a home.

 

V

An Ordinary Walk - Musings: 2018 - Volume 2; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

Every shallow little puddle
became a mirror of the sky;
showing me the heavens
miles above me.

 

VI

An Ordinary Walk - Musings: 2018 - Volume 2; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

Every daffodil became
the golden chalice
of the Last Supper.

 

VII

An Ordinary Walk - Musings: 2018 - Volume 2; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

Even a fallen, long-dead, rotting tree trunk
became a sapling that once waved in the wind,
as he walked the dusty roads of Galilee,
speaking of the Father
to the God-hungry peasants.

 

VIII

An Ordinary Walk - Musings: 2018 - Volume 2; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

Every plodding donkey on the way
thought nostalgically of the time
when he bore the fleeing family into Egypt
and later
the triumphant Messiah into Jerusalem.

 

IX

An Ordinary Walk - Musings: 2018 - Volume 2; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

Every cloud
became the Veil of Veronica
cooling his fevered brow,
on the long, painful journey
to Golgotha.

 

X

An Ordinary Walk - Musings: 2018 - Volume 2; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

Every large stone
became a brother of the one
which afforded Jesus
the privacy of the tomb,
making it a “Thin Place”
for three days,
as he readied his body
for resurrection.

 

XI

An Ordinary Walk - Musings: 2018 - Volume 2; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

To each, as I encountered them,
I silently intoned,
“Namasté.”
For what is Namasté
but the recognition of the resurrection
in each one of us,
the awakened and the sleeping alike?
Whether
donkey or human,
breath or cloud or stone,
puddle or footfall,
tree trunk or tree leaf or daffodil.

 

XII

An Ordinary Walk - Musings: 2018 - Volume 2; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

There is no such thing
as an ordinary walk.

 

Namasté!

Seán
Tír na nÓg

Fr. Seán ÓLaoire, PhD

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