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Musings

Infant of Now

2017 – 08

I

Infant of Now - Musings: 2017 - Volume 8; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

Her mother tells me
she is five weeks old,
but she fits comfortably
in the hollow of my hand.
She has no idea of time,
so, she came two months early.

 

II

Infant of Now - Musings: 2017 - Volume 8; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

She has an eternal past
but she remembers none of it.
She has an endless future
yet she is not concerned about it.
Rather, she is fully present
to this precious present moment;
a present, indeed, from God.

 

III

Infant of Now - Musings: 2017 - Volume 8; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

I gently kiss her wrinkled little brow,
and she responds
with a beatific, toothless, pink smile.
She is the infant of now.
Is she, perhaps, another Christ child?
Weren’t we all?
What happened?

 

V

Infant of Now - Musings: 2017 - Volume 8; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

So many present moments
hijacked by guilt and anger,
from the past;
or derailed by anxiety or fear,
of the future.

 

IV

Infant of Now - Musings: 2017 - Volume 8; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

So many precious present moments
sitting like cold food
on an untouched plate,
as we starve mindlessly
while regretting the food we never got,
and lusting for meals we’ll never see.

 

V

Infant of Now - Musings: 2017 - Volume 8; by Fr. Sean O'Laoire, PhD

So much have you got to teach us,
little pink, wrinkled Christ child.
Help us to smile.
Now.

 

Namasté!

Seán
Tír na nÓg

Fr. Seán ÓLaoire, PhD

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