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Diamond of a Thousand Suns

"At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God, which is never at our disposal, from which God disposes of our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our own mind or the brutalities of our own will. This little point of nothingness and of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God in us. It is so to speak his name written in us, as our poverty, as our indigence, as our dependence, as our sonship. It is like a pure diamond, blazing with the invisible light of heaven. It is in everybody, and if we could see it we would see these billions of points of light coming together in the face and blaze of a sun that would make all the darkness and cruelty of life vanish completely. … I have no program for this seeing. It is only given. But the gate of heaven is everywhere."
Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (New York: Doubleday, 1966), p. 142

Reflections on Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander and

Matthew 16:23 -17:8

by Fred Fosnacht
(A Prayer of Abandonment)

I have heard,
there is a spark,
Within my deepest, primal self
Which belongs only to You.

Here you reside
Untouched by sin,
unstained by illusion.
A diamond of a thousand suns,
Blazing with the light of heaven
Lives the Glory of God, in me.

At this center
The fantasies of mind,
The brutalities of will,
Fed by
Identity and ego,
Are swallowed
Into a point of light
Of union with you.

So let this spark
Become a flame of poverty
Of nothingness
Removing the friction to fuse
with other sparks

So I may see the brightness
Of your glory
and hear the voice
Of sonship
And sing with
The chorus of angels.

Let me begin,
here and now
to strip
to empty
to leave
to deny
to forget the reflections of my mirrored me,
Embracing what is Given, Everywhere
And In All things.
The quilt is cotton and silk fabric with gold cording and Swarovski crystals.

©Mary Kay Fosnacht 2023


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