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Monday, April 27, 2015

"Wealth"

Your wealth you say is fortune,
Your rings are made of gold;
Your clothes all have fine labels,
But what have you really sold.


Your wealth you say is position,
Your name upon a door;
Your office finely furnished,
But in achievement are you poor.


Your wealth you say is knowledge,
Your bookshelves lined twenty-fold;
Your library quite impressive,
But what have you really sold.


Your wealth you say is friendship,
Your friends seek plenteousness, too;
Your friends seem well-installed in life,
Have they sold the same, as you.



Your true wealth has been sold,
A blind god bought in its place;
                Wisdom would disperse this knowledge,                
The mirror of life would reflect your face.

                 Alicia O'Hara  
                      c. 26 November, 2011   


           ~Beannaichte'
           27 April, 2015 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"By His Grace"...

        My mother has been in the hospital for the past two and one-half weeks. ~ We learned last Wednesday that she has cancer.*
        She is eighty-seven years of age, and her over-all health is not good.
       However, she does not complain, and those attending to her, consider her to be very likeable , and appreciate the opportunity to care for her. ~ Mom loves to laugh, and almost always has a twinkle in her expressive brown eyes.
       She is incredibly accepting about what comes her way, yet, not false about it. When I told her she has cancer; after a short discussion, I asked her how she felt about it? She said, "I don't like it, but there is not much I can do about it, but to accept it."
       Some days have passed. ~ She is at peace.  I have come to sit with her. I bring her the Brown Scapular,
 a Medal of Jesus ,and a handmade Cross ~ all of which she likes, and appreciates. I sense they bring comfort too her.
       I took the Cross on the day I told her about her diagnosis of cancer.. ~ She sat quietly, holding the Cross in her hands. When I asked, if she would like me to attach it to the side rail of her bed, she said, "No, I would like to hold it." She held it, the remainder of the day, until bedtime. When she slept, I took a purple ribbon, braided it, and attached the Cross securely to the side-rail of her bed, so it would be near to her.
      Earlier, while watching her, gently and mindfully, hold the Cross in her hands, I saw the beauty of her hands  ~ so beautiful... weathered from age and callused from hard work. I thought of that great old hymn, "Simply to Thy Cross I Cling".
      That evening, while sitting in the hushed quiet of her hospital room, as she slept, I learned something of what constitutes a life of eighty-seven years. ~ As I carefully leafed through my mother's Bible, I traced many of the steps of her earthly Journey. ~ A blue ribbon, for chickens, entered in a Boy's and Girl's Exhibit ~ dated,1924. ~ My step-father's obituary, from the local newspaper, yellowed from age, but not a tear on it. ~ Memorial cards, from her friend's funerals - most long since, gone. One small card, I  gave to her, during an earlier time of illness.~ A red ribbon bookmark, picturing  Jesus, at Calvary. Newspaper clippings, mostly about gardening and animals .~ Mom always found the beauty in God's creation. ~ Another bookmark. This one is made of bronze, with a Monarch Butterfly, sitting atop of it.~ Butterflies are simple and free.  Mom loves simplicity, and now her Soul seems to long for the freedom to make her journey to her Heavenly home.
       I wait, my eyes are filled with tears. I begin turning more pages. ~"Black Hawk's Prayer on Harney Peak"-a copy I gave her years, ago.
       Again, I sit quietly. I wait. I am reading my mother's Bible. This book has never sat collecting dust.
It has been read, searched, prayed and wept over. The binding is loose and its pages are worn. It is crammed full of a lifetime of memories ~ her memories. Then, I realize how much this dear saint has honored and loved God's word and His creation, throughout her life. I realize , she has a relationship with the Living God.
       I know, now, in a way I have never known, how incredibly blessed my life is; because this is my mother-our mother. I also realize my life will never be quite the same, after these hours of tracing her life's footsteps.
       It is late. I am tired. I am feeling so very sad. I realize, I must learn to say "goodbye", and I am not sure I have the necessary courage to do it. ~ Not now, not this moment. So, I continue to sit quietly, as I watch my mother sleep. ~ Peaceful sleep.
       Finally, I stand, and walk quietly to her bedside. I kneel down and gently kiss her on her forehead.
I whisper,"I love you,mom. Sweet dreams"...~ My heart is breaking. ~ I think of the words of a song, I remember hearing in the not so distant past. "How can I learn to say, "goodbye". It's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry."~ I turn and walk away, quietly, whispering,"Sweet dreams, mom.  I love you ~ always, I will love you.
       Three and one-half months, later, I walk down the same hallway. My mother took her last breath, at 2:45 A.M., as I held her in my arms. ~ She is now free. She is Home. ~ Again, I whisper, "I love you ~ always, I will love you, Mom.
                                                                                                              ~ Beannaichte'

                                                                                                               Alicia O'Hara 
                                                                                                           c. 14 January, 2012 
                         
~ Beannaichte'
21 April, 2015

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~In Memory of my Mother.
~In Dedication to All, who have  lost a Loved One, too cancer.
*The above was written, with the exception of the closing paragraph, while sitting at the foot of my mother's hospital bed, on 2 April, the year of her death.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

"Ordinary and the Sacred"


My Friend,  you are many miles away
 The distance means nothing in a Friendship such as ours
I reach for your hand, and it is there
Our hands clasp in the Strength of  Friendship
I know you are with me; and that is good
I know that you care; and that is better
I sense the Warmth that is you-
and at the same time, me.  


I know you will stay awhile; and I am glad
You understand my fierce independence
There is no criticism between us
WShare a time that dwells on the edge of night
 Lingering, until the morning borders
All boundaries fade into the shadows-
Only Sacred  Light remains.


We do not have secrets
We have known each other for a very long time
Our Souls met and touched, somewhere on the Other Side
Our lives remain separate; our Hearts joined
 We come together, with a mutual Grace
When it is right; and that is good-
There is only room for the Truth of Knowing; and that is better.


I do not miss you, when it is time for us to part
The Strength and Tenderness of Being, remains
There is no holding on, as time must move forward
We are each Stronger for the time, shared
  Embracing that which is born out of struggle
 Seen through the eyes of Acceptance and Compassion-
We each seek the Path.
  

 I love you; and that is good
You love me; and that is better
It is a love that is born of the Divine
We speak the ancient language of the Circle
A language rooted in the Ordinary and the Sacred       
This is the Way of the Warrior- 
My Friend, "May all be well with you."


Alicia O'Hara
c. 6 October, 2013


~ Beannaichte'
     19 April, 2015   

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Saint Robert Bellarmine – Readings

Saint Robert Bellarmine – Readings

Monday, April 6, 2015

"Daughter of the Wind"

~To know the road ahead,
ask someone who is returning.
 


There are no spoken words, this night
 My thoughts are in a tangle
 Another night of stirring the ashes
  A  new flame, yet to arise
 I begin to recognise a new-found clarity
One that I choose to befriend-
a daughter of the wind.

Life presses down 
Its complexity overwhelms me, I must go to the Quiet 
A place that is intrinsic to my knowing
I find the primitive, yet familiar language
 Passed on to me, from the olde ones
Laying hold of me, with a firm grasp- 
a daughter of the wind.

I continue to contemplate the ashes
I stir them with absolute and trusted force
Knowing a flame will burst forth;
Brilliant in its Hope and Direction
 The Way  requires a concentrated focus
I clear the stones, strewn onto the Path- 
a daughter of the wind.


At times, I stumble and grow weary
The roots of the past exercise unyielding power
Their grip is tenacious; I continue onward
In movement, I find a rhythm that frees me
From the confines of the past
It is as it ought to be-
a daughter of the wind.


Then I see You, walking on the road
Your smile is welcoming, your eyes incredibly wise
You are the One, returning
I want to know how you made the Journey
What are the Lessons you carry closest to your Heart?
A Voice echoes; down through the corridors of the ages-
a daughter of the wind.


I sense you know the Way
You have made the Journey,  returning stronger
Life requires that we face our fears; the unknowing 
The Torch is passed on: one generation to the next
Your steps were not without pain;  the exacted price of  Glory-
I meet my Mother; a daughter of the wind. 

~ The Flame casts a brilliance... older than Time.     

~ Alicia O'Hara
c.13 December, 2013

~ Beannaichte'
6 April, 2015
 

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

"Sacred Reverie"


I run
 with sheer force
My body  a shield against the Winter Wind
 Tearing at my skin, with an unleashed furry
I am not afraid
I must run.

The night is dark
No moonlight or shadow
Stars hidden by a captive curtain
My Soul  hungers for a Holy Freedom
I must run.

I push on into the night
Can't count the city blocks or miles
What lays behind, must remain behind
Now only relentless freezing rain
I must run.

My emotions raw, laid open
Tears freeze by the second
Piercing-Struggling- I continue onward
I must Not stop
I must run.

My Grief
 is Stripped in layers
Razor edged, by the Winter Wind
All thoughts a Sacred Reverie
All I know...
I must run. 


Alicia O'Hara
c. 9 December, 2012


~Beannaichte'
2 April, 2015

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