The State of the Heart report at conclusion of Maryknoll Affiliate Board Meeting, May 3-5, 2019 – is a heartfelt (rather than a head-focused ) essential summary of the meeting. Bill Murphy, the Board's soon-to-be-officially-recognized Poet Laureate, wrote: "I found the central theme of the meeting to be contemplative action. The poem below tries to express that theme - what I heard and experienced." Bill's poem follows.
FRACKING THE HEART
How do I turn my heart of stone into a heart of flesh?
I used to think the waters of baptism were sufficient:
Gentle, flowing waters can soothe but rarely awaken;
Still waters warm and calm but hardly get me moving.
Maybe knowledge was the answer?
Theology or the facts and figures of science and computers
Would guide me to a meaningful life and best solutions.
Sit with the darkness; it becomes light
Listen in the silence
Share stories of life:
accompanying gospels of struggles, pains, joys -
compassion for ourselves as well as others
breaks open my heart.
Don’t just move, stand there
move in the direction that beckons me.