A Reflection for Summer
Know that the world is a mirror from head to foot,
In every atom are a hundred blazing suns.
If you cleave the heart of one drop of water,
a hundred pure oceans emerge from it.
If you examine closely each grain of sand,
a thousand Adams may be seen in it.
To its members a gnat is like an elephant;
in its qualities a drop of rain is like the Nile.
The heart of a piece of corn equals a hundred harvests;
a world dwells in the millet seed.
In the wing of a gnat is the ocean of life,
In the pupil of an eye a heaven.
What though the corn grain of the heart be small,
it is a station of the Lord of both worlds to dwell therein.
May the blessing of light be on you,
light without and light within.
May the blessed sunshine shine on you
and warm your heart
until it glows like a great peat fire,
so that strangers may come in and warm themselves there.
May the blessing of rain be on you.
May it fall upon your spirit so that little flowers may spring up.
May the blessing of Earth be on you,
soft under your feet as you as you journey along.
May the Lord breathe on you in blessing.
- Submitted by Presentation Sisters Retreat Team, Virginia Water