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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
I'm already anticipating spring. Time for a quiet walk out in nature...
Ponds full of sky and stillnesses
...to see what is secretly waiting to blossom...
For, like a grain of fire
Smouldering in the heart of every living essence
God plants His undivided power --
Buries His thought too vast for worlds
In seed and root and blade and flower,
The question often comes up: What does "asperges" mean? "Asperges" is a reference to the Catholic rite of sprinkling holy water on the congregation, especially associated with Easter mass. It comes from the first word (in Latin) of Psalms 51:9, which is traditionally chanted in Catholic masses during Easter. So Merton is making a reference to anointing, sanctification, purification, and Easter...
I hope you find a way to step into the awakening world this weekend.
Then every way we look, lo! rocks and trees
Pastures and hills and streams and birds and firmament
And our own souls within us flash, and shower us with light...
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