Saturday, September 17, 2011

My Continued Search for God: On Behalf of Love

If you have read some of my previous work, you will know that while I consider myself a spiritual person, I do not consider myself a religious person and am not so sure I believe in a God. I have read, studied, discussed and continue my "search for God." The first breakthrough was when I realized  that there could be a "spiritual god", up until then only thinking in terms of a "religious god." But that is a different story. Meanwhile I would like to share a number of "Love Poems from God" edited by Daniel Ladinsky 2002.Only a few of the poems spoke to me and I continue to contemplate them and document them here for you as well as for my future study.

St. Thomas Aquinas. (1225-1274) He is widely regarded as the greatest Catholic theologian.


Every truth without exception - no matter
who makes it - is from God.

If a bird got accused of singing too early
in the morning. 

If a lute began to magically play on its own
in the square
and the enchanting sounds it made drove a pair of young lovers
into a wild, public display of

If this lute and bird then got called before the inquisition
and their lives were literally at stake,

could not God walk up and say before the court,

"All acts of beauty are mine; all happen on the behalf of love"?

And while God was there, testifying for out heart's desires,
hopefully the judge would be astute enough
to brave a question
that could go.

"Dear God, you say all acts of beauty are yours;
surely we can believe that. But what of all actions
we see in this world,
for is there any force in existence greater than the peer
of your omnipresent hand?"

And God might have responded, "I like that question,
adding, "May I ask yo one as well?"

And then God would say,

"Have you ever been in a conversation when children entered
the room, and you then ceased speaking because your
wisdom knew they were not old enough
to benefit - to understand?

As exquisite is your world, most everyone in it
is spiritually young.

Spirituality is love, and love never wars with the minute, the day,
one's self and others. Love would rather die
than maim a limb,
a wing.

Dear, anything that divides man from man,
earth from sky, light and dark, one religion from another . . .
O, I best keep silent, I see a child
just entered the

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