Notes from the Waxhaws

The further journey

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Once your life has become a constant communion, you know that all the techniques, formulas, sacraments, and practices were just a dress rehearsal for the real thing—life itself—which can actually become a constant intentional prayer. Your conscious and loving existence gives glory to God.

~ Richard Rohr, Falling Upward

I’ve been thinking a lot about what Rohr calls the second half of life…when we finally put aside the task of making it in this life of ours…and concentrate instead on our life itself. The further journey. Early on, we frame our lives with many inessentials. Later on…hopefully…when we really pay attention and learn what is, and what isn’t, important…we may find ourselves in a strange and wonderful land that is quite incomprehensible.

These days…the past is becoming less enticing.  A second…and further journey…still unformed and mysterious…beckons. I’m haunted by the last few lines of Mary Oliver’s beautiful poem, The Summer Day

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

~ Mary Oliver, from The Summer Day

Written by Jim

April 2, 2013 at 7:47 pm

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