As part of my daily morning ritual, I pull one card from my Gnostic Tarot of the Saints (Robert M. Place). This morning, I pulled The Fool card, here represented by St. Francis of Assisi – known in some circles as “the fool for Christ.” I must humbly admit, this appellation fits me to a T! For all of my life, the past 22 years especially, I have dedicated my every waking (and sleeping) moment to studying, learning, listening to and obeying the guidance of the Divine within me – a connection I found through the example, teachings and guidance of Jesus the man and the Christ that he became, along with the examples set by all the other teachers that I was led to study. In the eyes of many, my single-minded dedication to this journey and to the mission of the Love that is the Christ, makes me a fool. I have taken many risks to adhere to this journey. I have made many sacrifices. I have made choices considered “crazy” by some. With blind faith I leaped from the cliff and have been free-falling every since, ever deeper into the arms of love.
In this love I, like Francis, have been called to “rebuild my church,” and like Francis, my understanding of this call proved to be way too small! Initially, I thought I was being called to reform Catholicism – to bring it back to Jesus’ universal (catholic means universal) message of Love. What I have since learned, is that the call to “rebuild my church” has nothing to do with Catholicism, Christianity or anything that has nothing to do with church in the way we have traditionally thought of church. Instead, it is simply about being LOVE in a very universal sense:
- Discovering the Love that is the very nature of who we are.
- Knowing, believing in and living from that place of Love.
- Being, expressing and sharing that love.
- Seeing and engaging with that love that dwells within every single human being and is the very fiber and form of the universe.
- Understanding that no matter what we believe we are seeing “out there” it is really, only love.
This is the love that Francis and Clare came to know within themselves through their relationship with Christ. This is the love that we all have an opportunity to know, if we only have the eyes to see. This is a love we can see only through the eyes of innocence, wonder and awe, the eyes of a fool, or as Jesus said, the eyes of a child.
Like just the other day, I beheld the face of love where others may have forgotten to look. I stepped into the local coffee shop for my daily “hug” and as I stepped inside, a baby sitting in a high chair caught my glance. She looked at me. I looked back at her. Our eyes locked….and we knew. Then, she smiled and blew me a kiss. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. And if I have to be a fool in order to see that love….then let it be so.
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