As a semi-enclosed consecrated Solitary in Life Vows, I pray for all and lift all up to the Lord Jesus Christ. God is Good.
I am empathic, compassionate, trustworthy, intuitive, and highly sensitive.
I teach Classical Piano privately in my Hermitage allowing sustenance in the World.
~Birth, life... that is what is contained. So, our endings are held in these our vessels of grantedness.
~In the original seed is the fallen shades of winter; and, in the blooms of light, there too, are the shadows of nightfall and demise.
~Casts of living are sacred and the mercies of God give us at our inceptive pools, life and death at the very same time and in the very same place. When we are conceived, the rose seems already to be snipped and placed in an earthen urn, to wither and drop its pedals in due time. As infants, the elder lay within us, too. The cradle and coffin, the east of sunrise and west of sunset occur at once, simultaneously, most directly, in the Now.
~In our box of humanness, we cannot witness this for the truth that it is; that the seas’ breakers have long since crashed upon the Shores and the tastiness of salt in the air has already since been savored and swallowed.
~But, for grace, we live. But for the mystical election of God, do we travel and still live as a People, standing in deserts of not our own devisings.
~How simply we can be snuffed as pieces of short enjoyment or embittered sorrows; and how great is our creation, our Creator, and journeys toward our individual changings, toward our given freedoms. To assume the sweep of night mists will be among us; to assume the white moon will past through her phases and wanes; to assume that we shall breathe as we rise, is in the direct, divine hands of happenstance and Hope.
~No, the fragility in which all move is likened to the delicacy of neonatal drifts in crystalized snow that bear reddened beats of sun’s rays. For, I am delicately poised in a wood, in a pasture, in a meadow, in a briny ocean pond, upon a great undulant hill; looking out and knowing that I, too, am a relic, a fossil, something already shed, already molted, yet surviving still in grace and gratefulness.
~And although passed as mistings of my own simplicity, I live; and today my eyes close in thanksgiving with my palms raised to all there is; and to all that occurred; and to all that ever shall be.
Up, in the blue and the black sky, I spend much time in thought and thinking, trying to make sense of how is it that each of us, throughout time, within our histories, over the course of our lives and living, Dwell under this blue and black sky together; yet, hurt each other so often knowing, unknowing...senselessly, poignantly, for always.
So after looking up and squinting all day at this blue and black sky, I go to the bench.
The Schubert f-minor, plaintive and calling, places my questions to the blue and the black sky into staccatos and sixteenths. Pages of asking and thought and wondering and why, moving in time and sequence, my hands begin to give way and beg stop.
Tired questions hang upon my fingernails as I enter my bedroom and see my cat, deep in his slumber upon a fattened furred face.
I fall silently down next to him. In the deep of featherbed, in the undulance of his tiny body with the exhaustion of my own, I lay down and look up.
And, I noticed that he lays in curves and his breathing moves in curves, then, I, too, felt the curves within me, circling and encircling as the shimmerings of the blue and black sky beheld the both of us, down under, into the empty still question.
His honesty began to envelope me, and I started to float in a kind of blankness wherein he was teaching me and showing me... Immediately, it seemed the questions to the blue and the black sky, which plague and harass me most constantly, began to wane a bit.
that depth of the f-minor entered me now, returning questions to the blue and the black sky with the White of pulsations,
in the unassuming fellowship of my sleeping muted cat, who knew this song long before it began in the very first place.
I learned then that it is gossamery Peace, and purity’s Acceptance, into the very way of all living things.
Simply, a suspended acknowledgement,
inside the curves, inside the notes, inside the questions,
This is self-revealing. In certain ways, it is driven by ego and a lack of esteem for self.
The titles offer personal sanctuary and spiritual elevation where, perhaps, that risen state
is not appropriate. The title lifts where the person may hide. I say this for I feel that I do this and it is become a revelation to me.
In my day, I meet people. 'Sister, they nod' ... That is a feel good and personal/emotional massage. People show their respect for the Life of a Religious and that is all well and good; however, if I thrive on the attention, live for the recognition, need that noticing: something is very amiss, indeed.
In my heart lies a Hermit. In my heart lives a Hidden life for Christ. Wearing a Habit on the outside of my enclosure where others peer into my privacy and perhaps wonder of the life being publicly displayed, prayer is being said and pondered about that.
A monastic Habit worn outside the Hermitage is a signpost of a life lived for something larger and more potent than myself. That I do believe. How I wish to state that another way exists in this land of profound materialism and 'give-everything-to-me-now-especially-if-it-new' mindset and culture.
What need be kept in the forefront of my mind and heart is that the black monastic Habit does not become something of vanity, pride, and self-absorption. Indeed, that the black monastic Habit state both to myself and to all that this person has died to the World and lives NOW in Christ Jesus, through Mary, ever-Virgin.