Photo by Kelley Mooneyham

Photo: Kelley Mooneyham


In this Easter Season, this is for all of our loved ones who have gone before us –
And for my friends who are mourning the passing of their dear Mothers.

And Wisdom whispered..

Your elders walk before you having journeyed through the field of knowing..

The body begins to weaken as the strength of the Light approaches..
shedding all that is within
that is not of Love.

The body that contains the soul
for gathering wisdom and living the mystery here.. Is far too small to contain
the Wisdom, Love and Light that awaits..

Losing one form dissolving into another as we age into Light.

The elder is meant to grow in joy and peace as the body begins to sense
It can no longer
carry and contain

the emerging Presence growing within..

However, our vision is often limited.. Seeing only what is passing Transfixed by
what has been lost..

Rarely perceiving
the approaching Light that arrives with the pain.

As the body and senses
begin to take their leave
Blurred vision and dulled senses Seek an answer..
What is happening
Where have they gone?

Rarely do we perceive
the emerging Strength
from the approaching horizon..

Who touches, heals and Leads the way
to a new way of being..

We ask where has the time gone?
It all feels so short
And it is..
Because there is an eternity within us.. Whispering there is more..

What we call death
is a harsh winter that awakens in a gentle spring..

a dissolving into Wisdom
a letting go into Love
an emerging into the Eternal within us.. that beckons us
to become so much more..

What we have known in our loved ones What they have known of themselves In one sense is indeed gone
from sight..

But if you listen..
The breath of the wind
Carries the whispers of their joy and eternal youth

They are more.. They are healed They are whole..

Living in wholeness in Love and Peace They are in All
living as One..
With the One Spirit that lives in All

They walk before us They walk with us
They walk behind us.. Encircling our path with the Spirit of Wisdom The embrace of Love.. the whispers of Joy..

Has there ever been a joyless love?

And now Love is all they know.. As their breath is restored
By the Breath of Eternal Love

The communion of Elders..
The communion of Saints..
The communion with All we have loved

Invite us into their joy
To imagine their presence now transformed and whole..

light within Light.. love within Love..

Waiting for a prayer
and open heart
to guide us
through the mysteries
Of this winding Sacred road..

Be Still and Know..

If we cannot sense it If we cannot feel it They remain
They are here

And they will lead the Way.. To the One who is Love

In every age.. At any age..

If we open ourselves
to the Wisdom and Strength of the approaching Light.. And the Whispers of Joy.

Chris Donovan

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Chris Donovan is a frequent speaker on Scripture and Spirituality. She holds a Master of Theology (Th.M.) and a Post-Master's Certificate in Spiritual Formation from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, as well as a Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Chris is an associate member of the Catholic Biblical Association and of the Carmelite Contemplative Community of Reno, Nevada.