Sunday, May 01, 2005

HOW DO I LOVE THEE?

Besides Paul's Letter to the Corinthians on Love (1 Cor 13), I am now offering couples whose marriage I am invited to witness this following passage on love, which poetry some very much like as part of their wedding vows:

"How do I love thee?

"Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of every day's Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love thee with the passion put to use In my oid griefs, and with my childhood's faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints-I love thee with the breath, Srniles, tears of all my life!-and if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

BE STILL, MY HEART!

“Take care lest the light in you
be darkness.� Luke 11:35

When
you use God
to have
power
over others
it blinds
and poisons
your heart.

Your sureness
is rooted in
your “sincere� Ego
but God does not
lend Himself
to such certainty
as you have for others.

Spiritual arrogance
is a deceit
and a fraud:
words used to
empower yourself
over others.

The more words
you need to claim your
certainty--
the more empty
and lonely
is your heart.

The heart in love
does not crave an audience
to prove its claim.
But is filled with
humility and
gratitude.

“Be Still my heart:
It is I, the Lord
who waits
your surrender.�

Paschal Baute, December, 2004