Heaven and Earth

 ◊  Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez, pray for us

Experience of life: its routines; the workaday world;
home leisure, reassuring in their way, buttress 
our sense of life’s rational elements, its continuity 
upholding our need for a beginning, a middle, and an end, 
and awareness of place along the line, holding off conflicts 
that bear no resolution: the creep of illness and indifference; 
the shadow of death; the forces of chaos at the unwelcome 
perimeter, where we mightily struggle to keep them. 
And yet, and yet, the flicker of delight across the broad 
brow and heaven is full of laughter of chaos: unexpected, 
whimsical, even dangerous unto death. Such chaos, to be 
viable as the spark of life, has been disarmed—or at least 
held back, so we may absorb the humor, drink deeply of the 
absurd, and emerge revived and refreshed: with fears, with 
life led to edge of exhaustion, to the place of the void; 
restrained, firmly restrained, I suspect by the love of God.

— William W. Runyeon