Posted by Greg Kennedy, SJ in Our Culture

Source: pinterest.comLord,

give me a Buddha ear

to hear the river sing



Give me a Hindu hand,

generous with rose petals,

that trails fingers in the flow

from the Ganges to the Jordan.


Give me an Islamic eye

that shuts by instinct

on idols

and a Dervish heel

to whirl around the minor Meccas

found wherever there is whispered

a solid prayer.


Give me a Jewish dream

of nations and kings restored,

of special favours  from the Lord,

of pertinence to a land.


Stretch my mathematics

so that my faith agrees

that one and one and one

is one

and when all is done

and said

keep me silently suspended

in the unspeakable.

About The Author

Greg Kennedy, SJ is assigned to the spiritual exercises ministry at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario.

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John Heng on June 20, 2017 - 3:02 AM

Excellent, Greg. Thanks for this poem which, for me, expresses an experience of our faith that God is one, and God is in all that is good, including this poem! See you soon.

Frank on June 20, 2017 - 6:04 AM

Thank you for the good prayer.

Peter Bisson on June 20, 2017 - 9:27 AM

Thank you!

Ximenej on June 20, 2017 - 9:38 AM

Thank you for letting my faith reach out and in with a breathing God

Grace Colella on June 24, 2017 - 11:49 PM

There is a quote which comes to mind: "It is possible to climb life's mountain from any side, but when the top is reached the trails converge." (The World's Religions by Huston Smith, chapter on Hinduism, p. 73)