Morningside Cathedral
Thomas Berry

We have heard in this Cathedral
Bach's Passion
The Lamentations of Jeremiah
Ancient experiences of darkness over the earth
Light born anew

But now, darkness deeper than even God
Can reach with a quick healing power

What sound,
What song,
What cry appropriate
What cry can bring a healing
When a million year rainfall

Can hardly wash away the life destroying stain?

What sound?
Listen -- earth sound
Listen -- the wind through the hemlock
Listen -- the owl's soft hooting
in the winter night
Listen -- the wolf -- wolf song
Cry of distant meanings
woven into a seamless sound
Never before has the cry of the wolf expressed such meaning
On the winter mountainside
This cry our revalation
As the sun sinks lower in the sky
Over our wounded world

The meaning of the moment
And the healing of the wound
Are there in a single cry

A throat open wide
For the wild sacred sound
Of some Great Spirit

A Gothic sound -- come down from the beginning of time
If only humans could hear

How see the wolf as guardian spirit
As saviour guide?
Our Jeremiah, telling us,
not about the destruction of
Jerusalem or its temple
Our Augustine, telling us,
not about the destruction of Rome and civilization
Our Bach,
telling us not about the Passion of Christ in ancient times,
But about the Passion of Earth in our times?

Wolf -- our earth, our Christ, ourselves.

The arch of the Cathedral itself takes on the shape
Of the uplifted throat of the wolf
Lamenting out present destiny
Beseeching humankind
To bring back the sun
To let the flowers bloom in the meadows,
The rivers run through the hills
And let the Earth
And all its living creatures
Live their
And Abundant life.

© Thomas Berry, December 1983
Reproduced with the permission of the author

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