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Friday, 23 June 2017 21:00

It’s Not Monotony

no es monotonia 

Shortly before Sr. Clare went to Playa Prieta, Sr. Estela Morales composed a poem about an experience she had in prayer.  Each verse begins with a phrase directed to the Lord, who gives meaning to and sustains our entire existence: “And it’s because life is You.”  After having read it, Sr. Clare transformed Sr. Estela’s prayer into a song, which we now share with you in a “home recording” from Christmas 2015, Sr. Clare’s last Christmas.  In it, Sr. Clare herself sings – for the community and some young girls close to them – the song: “It’s Not Monotony” (“No es monotonía”).  The following is a translation of the song sung in Spanish.  

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 The audio is in Spanish, but the text of the English translation is below.

 It’s Not Monotony

No, it’s not monotony, the life of every day. 
There’s not a grey routine every time the dawn awakes,
Because everything speaks to me of You,
And wonder has still not died.
Oh, loving essence of God,
Whose touch envelops and captivates…
 
And it’s because life is You,
And your Heart my knowledge,
And your Existence my home.
Oh, unquenched desire!


In the truth of the nothings,
I try to run my race.
And when I want to pause,
I find in your gaze my strength.
Watchman of my every step,
Guardian of my open wound,
Caress that captivates me
and reminds me of the goal.

And it’s because life is You,
And your Heart my knowledge,
And your Existence my home.
Oh, unquenched desire!


How far and yet how close!
That which they call heaven,
And awaiting the encounter,
When I die I will continue to live.

And it’s because life is You,
And your Heart my knowledge,
And your Existence my home.
Oh, unquenched desire! 
And your Existence my home.
Oh, unquenched desire!

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