Balm from Heaven: A Restoration of Our Personhood

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amidst the dismantling of the human form
the feminine emerges from Heaven
emanating God’s beauty and light
bringing healing and restoration
to those tattered in the war upon persons
calling forth authentic masculinity and femininity
to unite in a prolific celebration
for the completion our purpose

He Had Her Back

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When his eyes were opened to see her
he had her back

When people made snide comments just loud enough for her to hear
he had her back

When the elders threatened him with the loss of social status
because of his love for her
he had her back

When the community objected to their marriage
he had her back

When they were forced to travel and there was only one donkey
he had her back

When Death launched a pursuit against their Baby
he had her back

When the safest place to hide was where they were
targeted with discrimination
he had her back

When her arms were weary
he had her back

When she needed someone to teach their Child
what only a man could teach
he had her back

When their Son was missing and she was fighting panic
he had her back

When her heart was flooded with emotions
and her mind was overwhelmed
he had her back

When she needed a friend
he had her back

With all of his words
with all of his actions
with all of his strength
with all of his heart
through everything, everything
he had her back

Wild Feminine Connectivity

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virgin and mother
wife and widow
shunned and venerated
human and immaculate

she is far too expansive
to remain encased on a shelf
to be gazed upon at arm’s length
by a select few

she is warm as the sun
intriguing as the moon
a pulsing, complex, colour-saturated network
of connections

she draws us to herself
through her myriad of experiences
she draws us to each other
no group can claim exclusivity
she draws us to God
in veins of graces flowing to Him
and she brings God to us
in an intimate fusing of lifeblood and spirit

she is a full and free woman
dancing through realms of possibilities
unafraid to step into our pain, rawness, or chaos
unrestrained by the limits of our imaginations

and in the artistry of her connectivity
she is linking us with the nourishment we need
to shine as our true selves
and intuitively weaving us all together
to coax forth a dynamic
interactive
masterpiece of love

Litany of St. Joseph, To Be Held in the Heart

A Quiet Moment Sculpture by Timothy Schmalz

A Quiet Moment
Sculpture by Timothy Schmalz


St. Joseph, dreamer of dreams, pray for us
St. Joseph, living within all of the colours of God, pray for us
St. Joseph, friend of angels, pray for us
St. Joseph, you chose to believe the extraordinary, pray for us
St. Joseph, you transcended cultural conventions, pray for us
St. Joseph, launcher into the unknown, pray for us
St. Joseph, defender of honour, pray for us
St. Joseph, provider of food and shelter, pray for us
St. Joseph, first man to cradle God, pray for us
St. Joseph, welcoming of all, pray for us
St. Joseph, father-figure for the Son and for us, pray for us
St. Joseph, traveler under the stars, pray for us
St. Joseph, refugee, pray for us
St. Joseph, respecter of women, pray for us
St. Joseph, strong yet gentle, pray for us
St. Joseph, artist using the medium of wood, pray for us
St. Joseph, able to live in the moment, pray for us
St. Joseph, seeker of treasures hidden in the mundane, pray for us
St. Joseph, humble enough to make it safe for people to develop as their true selves, pray for us
St. Joseph, powerful presence, pray for us
St. Joseph, keeper of promises, pray for us

St. Joseph, there are many similarities between you and the Joseph from the Book of Genesis. The course of your life wasn’t like you had planned but it became so much greater than you could have ever imagined. Please bring us God’s provision, protection, and comfort. And please pave the way for all of His dreams for us to come true.

Appearances of Eden

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Eden
long banished to the realm of myth
momentarily breaks forth
amidst chaos, distraction, and rejection
an intimate blending of Heaven and Earth
stars and angels
hay and animals
with the focal point being
a man and a woman
cradling a Child
LOVE
breathing and aching
God and Human
with the sparkling in His eyes
holding the seeds of a future
where a new Eden
harmony between God and creation
angels, animals, plants and people
will powerfully take hold
and expand
exponentially

First to the Priests

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Fully alert
in the darkness of night
the Burning Bush alive in His Heart
relentless
added to this
the propulsion of youth
He cannot wait for His Body to catch up
He cannot wait for the ripening of time
the knights must be awakened

She finds Him there
casting Light among the shadows
illuminating the paths of His dreams
but they are drowsy
and succumb to sleep
complacency squelching the urgency
to ride forth

Time erodes
and darkness drugs the Earth

She sees His Light
bursting from every tabernacle
begging to be recognized
longing to be embraced
straining to be unleashed
the trickled response
is enough to make Her weep

Wake up! Wake up!
She calls to the knights
those guardians of the Flame
The Dream is alive!
The broken Body is enough for all
Just open your eyes
and breathe

Now She waits
and the world waits
to see if the knights will catch fire
to see if they will propel
a global Revolution of Love
where the brilliant vibrancy
of a colossal blaze of souls
will reflexively initiate
an imminent and glorious rising
of the Son

Honey from His Lips

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“Do not weep for Me;
weep instead for yourselves and for your children”
In the midst of His anguish
honey poured from His lips

“Behold your Mother” and
“Father, forgive them,
they know not what they do”
While being ravaged by death
honey poured from His lips

We threw at Him
everything that we had
We tore His flesh
clawed at the blood
pinned Him down
and mocked His name

And honey
only honey
poured from His lips

“But Israel I would feed with finest wheat
and fill them with honey from the rock”
We deserved death
but were given Sustenance
Sustenance sweetened
with honey

* See Luke 23: 27 – 31 NAB
** See John 19:26 – 27 NAB
*** See Luke 23: 34 NAB
**** See Psalm 81:17 NAB

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