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         Ponderings

 • December 1, 2022

•    ETERNAL SPRING   •  


You are an Eternal Spring

An underground stream

A quenching thirst,

Come forth from a Virgin's Tabernacle.

Cascading out upon holy ground

in an ancient promise.

You are an ever-verdant leaf

an ever-blossoming bud.

You are the Blinding Radiance

of God's innocence and humility.

You are of stunning beauty

O Christ Child!

My Infant King

You are the Truth!

Let all that lives, gaze upon You and adore You!

Forever!

Amen

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 • December 2, 2022

•  ANGELS IN THE MEADOW  •


A few years ago, I had the most beautiful dream. A dream like no other I have ever had. This was not the kind of dream where things that make absolutely no sense intertwine with things that do. It was a dream of razor sharp clarity and an all pervading heavenly peace. I was sitting in a summer meadow surrounded by flowers, trees tall bushes and shrubs that reminded me of my childhood years in England. I sat in the meadow in complete peace. Peace pervaded everything.....the sky, the meadow, the world around me and the world within me.


At my right side, a dog lay very close to me. He looked very much like a Golden Retriever. I felt an immense closeness and friendship with this beautiful serene creature. We were intimate companions. 

We sat together absorbed in the peace that surrounded us. Then out from the thick foliage sauntered three majestic creatures that looked like a cross between a large dog and a lion, but they were neither. Slowly they lumbered towards us and proceeded to lie down on the other side of me. As I gazed upon them I was so struck by how each creature emanated a different virtue, nobility and inexpressible dignity.


There was no time in this place, only an 'eternal now'. Not a word was spoken, yet all was communicated. We basked together in the warmth of the sun and the beauty that surrounded us. There was a natural joy, a simplicity in being in each other's presence. I would have remained in that place forever. I did not want to leave it, but slowly began to awaken from sleep. On awakening I became confidently aware of who these majestic visitors were. They were St. Michael, St. Raphael, St. Gabriel and my guardian angel.


In the early 80's our oldest son Luke chose St. Michael for his Confirmation name. He spent 12 years in Canada's Armed Forces as a peacekeeper in places such as Bosnia and Kosovo. How many prayers I said on his behalf to St. Michael to keep him safe and he did return unharmed.


Our second son, David, was very ill as a child and we had to watch over him closely as he almost died twice from asthma attacks. David was born on October 24th, which was the Feast day of St. Raphael and still is in the Traditional calendar. From an early age, I placed him under St. Raphael's care. Many were the nights that I sat at the foot of his bed, asking for the 'Medicine of God', Raphael's help. David took Raphael for his Confirmation name. Today, he is healthy and strong. David prayed to St. Raphael for a wife and Raphael found him his dear Vanessa.


Our youngest son , Philip, took St. Michael as his Confirmation name, but I always prayed to St. Gabriel to intercede for him in order to honour all three of the archangels. Philip has had a few close calls with things like accidents or dangerous situations but has always overcome them, I believe, with the help of his guardian angel and St. Gabriel.


Faithfulness to prayer is the chord that binds us to supernatural realities, to heaven and those that live there. Angels have a profoundly important role to play as they live IN the Divine Will and they are messengers of the Divine Will. When I am feeling low or preoccupied and weighed down with the things of the world, I sometimes go within, into the heavenly meadow and relive the joy and peace and friendship of that angelic visitation. Once again, I am bathed in the peace of God that the angels brought me that day. It fills my heart with such thanksgiving and happiness that I was given this amazing grace and I believe that it was a foretaste of the peace that I will experience when I arrive through the Narrow Gate. May my sweet guardian angel, St's Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael guide me and all those people that I love, to safety, where nothing can take away God's peace ever again and where we can all sing in full throated harmony the angels song...."Glory to God in the Highest."

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