The life of every great spiritual hero is a story of struggle and discovery that transforms for the better not only the individual in question but also countless others. It is the story of a human being who becomes a Friend to those in need of friendship and a Father (or Mother) to those in need of family.
Such a Friend and Father dedicates his life completely to those he loves, so that they, in turn, might dedicate themselves to one another like fearless warriors who never abandon one of their own. Those who once were strangers come together as a spiritual family and meaningless lives give way to purpose and mission.
Before such a family enemies flee. Before such a family mountains bow and oceans cower. Before such a family the heavens themselves offer homage.
Canticle of the Family
Our Tree is a tree of suffering
It is a tree of life and hope
Under the shade of its kind boughs
We take refuge
From the scorching sun
And from the torrents of rain
Whether alone in silence
Or surrounded by the many peoples
Its roots are watered with tears
Its roots are nourished by blood
Though we are tired and weak
Its noble trunk holds us aright
And its many mighty branches
Reach out to the infinite multitude of stars
To proclaim: WE ARE HERE
June 6, 2017