[A recent photo of the Mother of God]
"The sun climbs in its course
and at mid-day burns in full glow.
This is how it is with those who are just.
They demonstrate fullness and justice.
They cannot be hindered,
just as the sun cannot be hindered in its ascent.
No warmth ever goes to waste."
-- St. Hildegard of Bingen
There's no wasting warmth... what do you think?
Isn't it true that every act of love somehow redeems the world? Isn't it a magnificent view to gaze upon an image of the Mother of God and to realize that we too are called to climb upon a maternity bed and give birth to the Divine One: through our lives lived in a passionate commitment to justice and peace?! "Limitless love, from the depths to the stars: flooding all, loving all.." (St. Hildegard): is there a differing religion, politics, or economics worth the breath of your life?
We are made in the friction collision of Divine Thought with egg and sperm: whoa! We began in an explosion of delight: so how is it that we tend to hunker down in small-minded fears and issues of domination and control? If there is a "Mother of God", and if we too are mystically called to give birth to the One through our love and loving, doesn't that also make us the Mothers of God? This, especially this, is the heart of a mystery that escapes the attempted managements of both priest and businessman...
There's no wasting warmth... we are music... we are poetry... we are motion under the blanket of wool and sky... every part and particle of the mystery of "us" is resplendent with acres and acres of sunshine, star shine, and Divine Shine: through and through... There's no wasting warmth: so give it away! Free art, free song, free justice, free food, free play, and equal time in the hammock of Every Good Possibility... We live, move, and have our being within the Warmth of Oneness: so turn out the cold sellers of judgment, violence, abuse, hatred, racism, sexism, oppression, exploitation, greed, privilege, and power: walk into the Mystery, the Tao, the Tree, the Woman, the Divine: everywhere and in everything...
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.