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franciscan - September 2004

© The Society of Saint Francis, 2004

Julian

 

Two windows to the world were yours.

One, square reality in solid stone, opened

to sound and sight of the humdrum street;

and to shout and curse and tread of feet

and mire of inhumanity there was no pause.

 

The other, mirror for that wealth you taught,

led you to see in insubstantial Love

the son et lumière that is the ground,

in fact, of all that is.  Infinity you found

in a nutshell, mandala purely wrought.

 

You knew, of course, from this, that one

could never be without the other, that Love

looks through the window from the street

     and brings

reflection, from our humanity, that sings

and shines with the light of the eternal Son.

 

Michaela OSC 

 

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