June 19, 2009

My Journey to God

Greet Every Day with Joy

Greet every day with great joy.
Be ever grateful for the gift of life.
Our life is temporal and short-lived.
Know God with simple and joyful delight.

We are surrounded with God’s creation.
Ask him to guide us as we look to find beauty in others and in ourselves.
Listen for the sounds of birds or soft wind.

Look for flower blooms in nature’s treasure trove,
all nurtured in the warmth of a sun-filled day.
Feel the undulating wind on your face
conveying the laughter of children at play.

We are all pilgrims on the journey of life.
The pilgrimage is fleeting and quickly ends.
Knowledge of this pierces like a knife.
All that remains are our good and bad deeds.

Then we are truly dust, and to dust we return.
All accumulated power, riches and fame diminish.
We are one with the poorest of the poor.
Now God’s gate to heaven opens and we can enter.

By Thomas J. Rillo

(Thomas J. Rillo is a member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bloomington and is a Benedictine oblate of Saint Meinrad Archabbey.)

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