Just say the Word
And every border
Will vanish this very night.
We could tomorrow all wake up
And not know if we're coming or going.
then we might finally understand:
We are all each one of us, aliens
Until our pilgrim hearts
Find their rest in Your embrace...
"La Illaha, Il Allahu"
We think we are many,
But we are really only one...
(Just say the Word...)
"To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that Love is the reason for my existence, for God is Love. Love is my true character. Love is my name." (Thomas Merton)
To love is to serve. To serve is to embrace the broken, to embrace the pain, to embrace the hidden wholeness of the human person, to embrace the New Creation struggling to life in what we call history, and finally, to embrace the naming of those moments when the Holy One breaks through and the dazzling Light is revealed. We can live in such a way that the ordinary moments of our days are consecrated to the Holy One, the Love that breathes all things into existence. We can live deeply the mystery of communion and solidarity... we can imagine paradise and practice beauty.
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.