Reflection: When our silence is betrayal

Reflection: When our silence is betrayal

Sometimes we are tempted to stay silent about the things that really matter in life like love, grace, liberty, social justice, mercy, compassion, human rights, truth, beauty, goodness, community, out of our own personal comfort, pride, benefit, selfishness.

In this personal silence we are betraying the other, the marginalized and oppressed, and those deemed unworthy by the dominant culture of power, control, possession, and violence.

And we betray the Holy Spirit, the Breath of Life (Vita in Spiritu) that is always moving, uplifting, and life giving and as close to us as our very next breath.

Truth, beauty, and goodness is ground under the Empire’s boot heel in the complicity of our silence!

Break the silence here and now šŸ’“

Herb Stone, here&now working poetry


poem: the one triune divine nature

Screenshot 2020-06-07 at 3.28.15 PM

art images
The Holy Trinity, Andri Rublev
Dancers, unattributed
Sufi Dancer, Gull C
Bramha, Vishnu, Shiva statue
The Trinity, Father John Giuliani
Buddhist Trinity, statue
Cosmic Consciousness, unattirbuted


Poem: God Utters Me Like a Word*


God creates order
out of chaos
with an utterance

God sustains life
out of nothingness
with a breath

God loves us
into true being
with Ā incarnation

God transforms belonging together
into authentic neighborly community
with radical acceptanceĀ  Ā 

Creator God
sustainer God
beloved of God
grace of God

God, may we awaken to
your utterance, breath, incarnation, grace
in our most true being and belonging together
here and now

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
May 2019

  • Thomas Merton quote: “God utters me like a word containing a partial thought of himself. A word will never be able to comprehend a voice that utters it. But if I am true to the concept God utters in me, if I am true to the thought in Him I was meant to embody, I shall be full of His actuality and find him everywhere in myself and find myself nowhere. I shall be lost in Him.”Ā 
Photo, God Utters Me Like a Word, Draper Coastal Dune Lake, FL by Cathey Stone