"...here in the dark I clutch the garments of God."
Hello everyone. I hope you are well and keeping safe. Thanks for all the encouraging comments about Fr. Luis' first Mass. After a little reception yesterday, his family (brothers and sisters-n-law) packed the van they rented to head back to Chicago and then for three of them eventually to head home to Mexico. I admit I had to turn away as I saw Fr. Luis say good bye to them. I know how difficult that must have been.
I am so grateful to Sr. Nancy, Sr. Mary and Sr. Bernadette for allowing Fr. Luis' family to stay in the House of Prayer. They could not have been more gracious and kind. Thanks Sisters!
Have you ever heard of Jessica Powers? She was an Catholic American poet. In fact, in the 1940's she became a Carmelite sister. She was called Sr. Miriam of the Holy Spirit. She died in 1988 in Wisconsin. Today, I thought you might enjoy one of her poems called "The Garments of God"
The Garments of God
God sits on a chair of darkness in my soul.
He is God alone, supreme in His majesty.
I sit at His feet, a child in the dark beside Him;
my joy is aware of His glance and my sorrow is tempted
to nest on the thought that His face is turned from me.
He is clothed in the robes of His mercy, voluminous garments–
not velvet or silk and affable to the touch,
but fabric strong for a frantic hand to clutch,
and I hold to it fast with the fingers of my will.
Here is my cry of faith, my deep avowal
to the Divinity that I am but dust.
Here is the loud profession of my trust.
I need not go abroad
to the hills of speech or the hinterlands of music
for a crier to walk in my soul where all is still.
I have this potent prayer through good or ill:
here in the dark I clutch the garments of God.
on Monday, June 29 at 8:54AM