"........Rarely do we realize that we are in the midst of the extraordinary.Miracles occur all around us, signs from God show us the way, angels plead to be heard, but we pay little attention to them because we have been taught that we must follow certain formulas and rules if we want to find God. We do not recognize that God is wherever we allow Him/Her to enter.
Traditional religous practices are important:they allow us to share with others the communal experience of adoration and prayer.But we must never forget that spiritual experience is above all a practical experience of love. And with love, there are no rules.Some may try to control their emotions and develop strategies for their behavior;others may turn to reading books of advice from "experts" on relationships--but this is all folly. The heart decides, and what it decides is all the really matters.All of us have had this experience.At some point, we have each other said through our tears,"I'm suffering for a love that's not worth it".We suffer because we feel we are giving more that we receive.We suffer because our love is going unrecognized.We suffer because we are unable to impose our own rules.But ultimately there is no good reason for our suffering, for in every love lies the seed of our growth.The more we love, the closer we come to spiritual experience.Those who are truly enlightened, those whose souls are illuminated by love, have been able to overcome all of the inhibitions and preconceptions of their era.They have been able to sing, to laugh, and to pray out loud;they have danced and shared what Saint Paul called "the madness of saintliness" They have been joyful--because those who love conquer the world and have no fear of loss.True love is an act of total surrender.
........Sooner or later, we have to overcome our fears, because the spiritual path can only be travelled through the daily experience of love.
........To love is to be in communication with the other and to discover in that other the spark of God"
Author's Note;By the River Piedra I sat down and wept