All That I Have Seen Teaches Me......................

"All that I have seen teaches trust the Creator for all that I have not seen."  
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“God is always coming to you in the sacrament of the present moment. 
Meet and receive Him then with gratitude in that sacrament; 
however unexpected its outward form may be.”
(Life as Prayer, )
 Evelyn Underhill 

Detail from Stained Glass in the Church of the Ascension, Timoleague, Co. Cork from Imprints of Light Blog

"Explore daily the will of God."

Look, stranger, on this island now
The leaping light for your delight discovers,
Stand stable here
And silent be
--W. H. Auden

Your first word of all was light,
and time began.

Then for a long time you were silent.

Dante & Beatrice.

Your second word was man, 

and fear began,

which grips us still.

Sometimes I pray: 

Please don't talk.

Let all your doing be by gesture only.

Go on writing in faces and stone
what your silence means.

Be our refuge from the wrath
that drove us out of Paradise.

Be our shepherd but never call us -
we can't bear to know what's ahead.

I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.
I want to free what waits within me
so that what no one has dared to wish for
may for once spring clear
without my contriving.

If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
but this is what I need to say.

May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.

Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
these deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing you as no one ever has,
streaming through widening channels
into the open sea.

From Rainer Maria Rilkes Book of Hours : Love Poems to God :


claire said...

Thank you for all these poems that will help me in the coming weeks discern my own longing, the freeing of what waits within me.... I could cry reading this.


Fran said...

Oh these are treasures, jewels!

Here is another that I just read at People for Others.