February 22, 2013

My Journey to God

The Ear of My Heart

The ear of my heart
Enables me to feel compassion
To see the tears of the world
My heart overflowing with sorrow
Feeling the struggles of the anguish.

The ear of my heart
Hears the cries of abused children
Perceives the unfed and unloved
Senses pain for the unwanted
Hears the screams of the unborn.

The ear of my heart
Hears the quiet voice of God
Clarifying the need for love
For the dead and the dying
Resonating with the stain of racism.

The ear of my heart
Holds the voices of the poor
The despair of the unemployed
The piercing pain of divorce
Feels the agony of injustice for the weak.

The ear of my heart
Requires silence to hear God
Telling of optimism and hope
Rationale for the agony of the world
Trust in Him and grow ever closer.

By Thomas J. Rillo

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

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