We Are Connected

The following poem speaks beautifully to the vision which this blog and our work in Mexico hopes to serve.  It’s from Sister Joan Chittister’s weekly postings on her visionviewpoint@benetvision.org  web site and we print her introduction to the poem and the picture accompanying as well.

Sister Joan’s site is one of several which we regularly visit thanks to the excellent internet service we now enjoy. No interruptions in service at a cost less than half of what we paid in the U.S. has squelched the fear that good reliable internet connection would be sacrificed in our move here.  On the contrary.  We’re now used to reading magazines and the daily Los Angeles Times  in electronic format.  Now if we could just find a good chili cheese dog there wouldn’t be anything missing from our life here.

from Sister Joan Chittister’s Vision and Viewpoint, a weekly “e-newsletter for spiritual seekers and kindred spirits”, dated January 14, 2012

POEM OF THE WEEK: Over the holidays I read Mary Oliver’s latest book of poems, A Thousand Mornings. Here’s a gem:

Poem of One World

This morning
the beautiful white heron
was floating along above the water

and then into the sky of this
the one world
we all belong to

where everything
sooner or later
is a part of everything else

which thought made me feel
for a little while
quite beautiful myself.

– Mary Oliver                                                                                                      White Heron

Photo by: Mark Richardson
 

About erasingborders

The blog title harks back to an ancient Church history document, The Address to the Emperor Diognetus reporting on the lives of third century Christians in Asia Minor: “They live in their native lands but like foreigners…They take part in everything like citizens and endure everything like aliens. Every foreign country is their native land and every native land a foreign country…. They remain on earth but they are citizens of heaven.” Kate Moyer's wedding present to Doug Smith of a dancing jester figure bore the quote, “I like geography best, he said, because your mountains and rivers know the secret. Pay no attention to boundaries.” They dedicate this blog then to helping bring about the day when human beings share the resources of the planet equitably and without borders. Our geography experience features childhoods in the Midwest. Kate lived for over twenty years as an adult in the small town of Neodesha, Kansas while Doug has been an urban dweller all his adult life. She is able to readily identify most crops and keeps a close watch on her partner’s snob tendencies. The Nile Valley of Egypt, for Kate, and the Congo rainforest for Doug have left deep marks on their interior landscapes.

Posted on January 18, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. “where everything sooner or later is part of everything else”……………….

    Perhaps this explains why war and starving children in refugee camps and pollution of our beautiful world and the Congress of the United States cause me such pain.

    I am glad you have great internet at a reasonable cost and that your mision is unfolding with blessings all around.

    Love you and sending BIG hugs, Obama Mama

  2. I love this poem…

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