If and When

My dearest Heart,

If I but had pure vision

Of Your Holiness,

My soul would take wing,

To break the hold

And travesty accursed,

Which chains me here,

Forever, casting off,

The gravity of Sin.

Hold, before my eyes,

The Christ upon the Cross,

That Longinus beheld,

That I, too, might soar to Your Side,

And enter there that Wound,

Which You love best,

That holy invitation,

That bids me “enter here”.

No accident of fate,

That sword that pierced Your Heart,

But providential lance of Holy Love,

That freed, fortuitous,

The wellspring of Salvation.

The sight of Love dying,

And, yet, undying,

Crosses the divide of Heaven and Hell,

To bathe with healing,

My eyes, as Raphael did Tobit,

And causes me to say with blind Bartimaeus,

In compassionate encounter,

“Lord, that I might see.”

Love bathes me, as a Mother,

At the first sign of my distress,

Before my disbelief of Mercy

Could raise objection

To Your Eternal Kindness.

In the sunrise of the First Morn

Of New Day,

I see You, my sweetest Heart,

Resplendent, yet still pierced.

O, my Resurrected Lord,

Promise of my victory,

I adore with Seraphic praise,

And taking wing,

I rise with Thee.