Category: Journey to God (I)

The Stepping Stones to Eternity

This sequence was inspired by St. Bonaventure’s work, ‘Journey of the Mind to God’.

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I came upon his words

and set my mind to understanding

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how the world could teach me

the mystery of God…

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I had heard of nature

as the book of God

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But never had the notion

rooted deep in my mind

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Now I was confronted

by the words of a saint

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For whom this was a grace

to be received

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A journey to God

through the vestiges

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Of his glory

in the living universe…

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So let us begin

with the beginning

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The source of all

from whom streams all

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Energy

matter

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Being

all of creation

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The Father

of lights

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From whom is every good

and perfect gift

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We pray to the Father

the invisible one

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to enlighten our mind

in the ways of peace

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which surpass

all humankind

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We pray

to the God

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of beginnings

and the Father of all

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That from eternity

somehow our understanding

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even if slowly

perhaps imperceptibly

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As our eyes adjust

gradually

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to the dawning light

will grow

We do not know

who else may be praying

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for us at this time

perhaps many people

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perhaps no-one on earth

but heaven may be inclining

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even now

and whispering in the ear

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Remember Francis

who greeted in peace

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Announced peace before all

prayed in ecstasy for peace

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Following the man of peace

we worship

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Whose honour was

nailed to a post

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in spite of all the love

and the healing he gave

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For Francis, grace came

in a revelation

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of meaning

of vision

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For me it is gleaned

from these words

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in another tongue

in the soaring of contemplation

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to be still

silent

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attentive

pondering over and over

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to consider and take to heart

a truth for today

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To escape

the merely active life

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And dwell

in imagination

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Allowing God

to brush the spirit

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with the Spirit

of Consolation

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His call is to pass beyond

to peace

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Through the most ardent love

of the crucified

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Like Paul

who was raised

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to the highest heaven

yet nailed to the cross

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the heart of Christ

beating within

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Francis bore the signs

of the passion

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On his body

in his soul

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For us to follow

devote ourselves

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To the suffering saviour

so spurned today

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In prayer

I throw my heart

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at his feet

and wonder why

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it must be this way

Heaven is silent

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yet images of crucifixion

linger in the mind

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I realise the hidden faith

of love giving himself

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again and again

stretching out

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offering an open heart

which is lashed by an evil world

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No other way

has this man at the centre

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The crossroads

the X that marks

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the new beginning

the intersection

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of heaven

and humanity

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Incarnation

in a tortured death

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How strange

yet how universal

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There are stages of illumination

and they say

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We must very often return

to our beginning

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as we grow our wings

like the seraph Francis saw

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who pierced his soul so tenderly

there are stages of progression

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as we climb heavenwards in heart

from creation to Creator

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from nature to nothing

we can imagine

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And we enter by this door

to find pasture

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and the tree of life

it is by prayer

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that our desire is kindled

prayer and the mind

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turning intensely to God

who is our light

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So the first call

is to prayer

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and that through the crucified Christ

for the spiritual life

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does not consist merely

in study or meditation

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there must also be fervour and devotion

wonder

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joy

grace

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humility

and love

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To any who are disposed

to seek for grace in all humility

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To those with the desire

for wisdom

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Who wish to glorify

saviour God

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These words are meant

remembering that the soul herself

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Must first be cleansed

if the eyes are to see

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Beyond the window of the world

to look to God

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Exercise your heart

in reading these things

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as well as your mind

take your time

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for these words

are the stepping stones

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To

Eternity.

 

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