While writing my last post, I realized anew how dark some of the portions of my journey were. But at the same time, comprehending the full story to the present, I appreciate the fact that, as in many great paintings, the dark shadows serve to offset and accentuate the bright and beautiful elements which constitute the main subject of interest. I have passed through several deep and fearful valleys in my journey towards God only to arrive on the other side at a higher and more glorious peak than before. The tentative and faltering steps at the beginning of the spiritual life can lead later, by God’s grace, to mountaintop vistas where one is moved by what is seen to cry out:
O Light! O Love!And from these heights one can look out upon the lands through which one has journeyed, and indeed upon the whole world, and see that:
O Beauty Resplendent!
O Brilliance encompassing
all things else!
O Refulgence Cascading!
O Glittering Radiance!
O Bliss! O Hope!
O Gladness Unforeseen!
O Great and Boundless Good!
O Beauteous Nameless Joy!
O Serene and Golden Light
from a clear and cloudless sky!
O Enchanted Blessedness!
O Sight Most Fair!
O Sweetness! O Treasure!
O Loveliness Beyond Telling!
O Lamp of Clear Wisdom!
O Splendour Most Pure!
O Light! O Love!
O Life! O God!
In a marvelous way the world is changed
with nothing altered or rearranged
The facts themselves remaining true
each one gains a golden hue
the fair, the foul, the good, the bad
the mundane, the happy and the sad
all beheld in contemplative sight
become infused with a glorious light
each detail sharp and crisp and clear
each illumined with a meaning dear
and all together in perfect peace
serenely move and never cease
around the core of Love unmade
shining through each with glory arrayed
and rising upward one can see
what is past and what will be
and what is now seamlessly sewn
and in circling together is clearly shown
a Light, a Love infused throughout
and not one particle or thread left out
making up a glorious glorious world
a manifestation of Love unfurled!