If We Could Lift the Veil


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“If we could lift the veil, and if we were attentive and watchful God would continually reveal Godself to us, and we should see God’s divine action in everything that happened to us, and rejoice in it.” Jean-Pierre de Caussade, The Sacrament of the Present Moment


1 Corinthians 13:12    Now we see a reflection in a mirror; then we will see face-to-face. Now I know partially, but then I will know completely in the same way that I have been completely known
.[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]


If we could lift the veil
and see the Presence

   beyond my presence
   within my presence
   animating my presence…

If we could lift the veil
and not be surprised
   when insistence in the name of God
   comes knocking at the door of our awareness
      wanting admittance…

If we could lift the veil
that clouds the mind and the heart
   preventing us from seeing
      the disadvantaged and marginalized
      around us and within…

If we could lift the veil
and see the sunrise that greets the new day
  the dawn of a new presence
      within and around
   the dawn of a new way of
      being present in the world…

If we could lift the veil
   if we would let go of the distractions
   if we would see deeply within
   if we would let go of the desire to control
   if we would embrace the tension between
      the conditional and the unconditional
      the sacred and the secular
      the limited and the unlimited
      the whole and the partial

If I would lift the veil
   if I would be attentive and watchful
   if I would be alert to the invitations
   if I would pay attention to the insistence
   if I would pick up on the nudges
      that come in the name of God…

If only…

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