O, Brother Spider

I’ve left my home, brother spider.
Don’t spin your web and block the way.
For I’m going to my beloved,
and distractions tempt me go astray.
Small yet frightening you are,
and are you poisonous too?
Please don’t block the way brother;
come, let me go through.
I broke your web on accident, oh no:
I am sorry if I scared you.
I too am scared for God I swear
imprisons me in love.
Now since we’re both afraid
let’s think…
Oh yes! I’ve got it: here’s the plan!
We’ll trust in God, in His Holy Plan
and the sacrifice He makes.
For in you I see no enemy, but love,
although perhaps somehow malformed.
Yet I love you nonetheless, dear friend,
like the grace of rain on corn.
So if I ruined your masterful work,
I apologize for all offense.
Even so, we both know
that what God says
is…

O, brother spider.

A prayer of combustion

Praise be to you, my Lord, through Brother Fire.
He illuminates the night with joy;
his beauty is robust and strong.

I see embers on wood combust into fire
by breath and wind of life.

Divine Master,
have mercy on me.

I see embers of my heart combust into fire
by breath and wind of prayer.

Divine Master,
have mercy on me.


Now, my heart is aflame
with the unceasing prayer
of mercy.

Divine Master,
have mercy on me.


In emptying myself,
inflame me with Your Peace;
in giving this peace away,
give me an increase of You;
and when my ego seeks to rule me,
let the prayer of combustion turn me to penance,
to return me to the channel of peace, the fire of Your love.

Divine Master,
have mercy on me.