In the Arms of Mary ( experienced and written several years ago)

In the Arms of Mary

Today I went to this San Francisco Cathedral

Named Grace

As I do religiously once a month

To walk the Labyrinth, an ancient mystical tool

This one a replica of the 12th Century Labyrinth

Of Chartres Cathedral in France

This walking meditation practice

Has enjoyed a Renaissance lately

Thanks to all the modern day seekers, pilgrims

And "mystics without a convent"

Many are gathered here with me this evening

For our monthly public ritual

Of walking a sacred path of devotion to God

As I symbolically tread my spiritual path right now

I feel particularly down, lost

Alone in a crowd of people

A metaphor for my life

Afterwards in need of solace

I went looking for You, Mary

For Your Portrait hidden away in a side isle

Off the beaten path

In this huge Episcopalian house of worship

In front of Your painting, a single pew

Is inviting me to kneel down

And take refuge in Your Presence

With my hands clasped, my eyes closed

My head bowed reverently

In a prayerful repose

I lay before You my existential sorrow

My heart aches

My feelings of not belonging anywhere

Of being forlorn, forsaken

I give You my tears

Now flowing abundantly

Right here in front of Your sacred image

Blessed Mother Mary

I felt Your arms

Surrounding me

Enveloping me

Holding me

In Your loving, merciful embrace

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