Are the great visions of the ultimate peace among all people and the ultimate harmony of all creation just utopian fairy tales?  No, they are not!  They correspond to the deepest longings of the human heart and point to the truth waiting to be revealed beyond all lies and deceptions.  These visions nurture our souls and strengthen our hearts.  They offer us hope when we are close to despair, courage when we are tempted to give up on life, and trust when suspicion seems the more logical attitude.  Without these visions our deepest aspirations, which give us the energy to overcome great obstacles and painful setbacks, will be dulled and our lives will become flat, boring, and finally destructive.  Our visions enable us to live the full life.

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Essence Of Orange by Helen Losse

Just who left the seven oranges in the cold,
their fragrance wafting from a blue plastic bucket,

isn’t clear. But there they were:
Seven orange globes bright as dog toys.

The scent of citrus clung to my jacket as though
I’d hugged fruit to my breast all the way home.

Their essence followed me in the same way
the round brown eyes of the cocker spaniel had

followed Drake.  The dog appeared on his doorstep
during the first vicious snowstorm,

but he didn’t keep her then.  Not her nor her six
newborn puppies.  All those months the dog’s eyes

followed him back from the woods—
like a truth we deny or the essence of orange.

Later that winter, Drake saw Jesus in a pancake
and searched the woods for the dog.

He found her in April, brought her home—
pregnant again.  Drake named his dog Blossom.

From Seriously Dangerous

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