My son is in the church making his first confession and a new pope just got elected. I’m sitting in my chair and wondering about all this. So much has changed in my life over the past few years that has influenced my faith and beliefs.
I believe we are all part of a God/Higher-Power, or whatever name you want to call the “life behind life” (Brandon Bays). And we are connected to this energy through love. People like Thich Nhat Hahn (Nobel peace prize winning Buddhist monk, author of many books of poetry and mindful living) continue to influence and inspire me. Many years of meditation and attempting to live in the present moment have kept me going and, I would even say, have kept me alive over the past few years!!
Others who influence and inspire me wouldn’t be the Pope or many of the priests that I have heard. It’s a rare treat to go to mass and hear somebody speaking to the heart and feeling like you really are ‘present’ to something wholly beautiful. Most of the time it’s sanctimonious pomposity from the altar which leaves me cold. So I choose not to go.
Around the time my Dad died (nearly 14 years ago now) we knew an inspired Redemptorist priest who celebrated the Eucharist with every breath he took. The experience of the union taking place on the altar between mind and heart was pure poetry. Another close friend, a Dominican, has also really helped me especially two years ago when I was going through a particularly difficult time. My limbs were ceasing to work and I was terrified. He came and talked to me and Jonnie. I found a great sense of peace talking and praying with him. And said to Jonnie ‘he really is a man of God ‘
I will leave you now with a quote I love:
“the miracle is not to walk on water, the miracle is to walk on this earth”
(Thich Nhat Hahn)