Wounded for Love’s Sake

“If Christianity is able to decenter itself enough to see that the imprint of sacred mystery already belongs all over the earth to all peoples, it would change the way we treat our human and nonhuman kin.” —Kaitlin Curtice, Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God

At first pass I thought about sharing the St. Patrick prayer, “Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me…in me… beneath me… above me… on my right… on my left…”. Although these words affirm the Christ nature in all things, I can’t help but notice who remains centered in this prayer.

What does it look like to pray and to walk through this world, decentered? Could that be described as “wounded for love’s sake?”

Words are tools that can be twisted and turned to help point the way to deeper, fuller understanding. Somehow, between the words, the vulnerable work happens.

Spirit of Oneness,

You hide in plain sight, waiting.

Love’s crucial practice

Here’s a chant offered as a blessing, Come to know the One.

2 thoughts on “Wounded for Love’s Sake

  1. Robin Pantermuehl says:

    Thanks for the inspiring artwork and exposure to new authors. I have enjoyed Darlene Franz’s chants ever since I took Cynthia Bourgeault’s Wisdom Courses. As I read today’s post, I was reminded of a chant from the CD Chanting for Peace by John Phillip Newell. It is a quote from the Quran which says, “Whichever way you turn, there is the face of God.” Below is a YouTube link to one version, although I really like Suzanne Butler’s vocalization and the middle eastern instrumentation which is on the CD that accompanies the Newell’s book, Praying with the Earth. https://youtu.be/3btooRmw_38 Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend Mary Lou’s memorial service. I still can’t take the vaccine and cases are going up around here. Tell Jim I said ‘HI.” Blessings and Peace, Robin

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    1. vondadrees says:

      Wow, wow, wow… What a beautiful chant you’ve introduced to me, Robin. I imagine walking a labyrinth with this song in my heart…. I am being swooned by Spirit as I listen. Deep love to you in these days of continual care for your body. May you be protected.


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