St. Thomas Aquinas

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas, theologian, philosopher, teacher, pray-er and poet.  One of the books that is never far from my side is a book by Daniel Ladinsky entitled Love Poems from God.  One of the sections contains a number of poems inspired by Aquinas.  I once before posted one of my favorites, Whenever He Looks at You.  Here, in honor of today’s memorial, is another one, a poem that contains a suggestion for how we might live in harmony.  It is called We are Fields Before Each Other.

How is it they live for eons in such harmony–
the billions of stars–

when most men can barely go a minute
without declaring war in their mind against someone they know.

There are wars where no one marches with a flag,
though that does not keep casualties
from mounting.

Out hearts irrigate the earth.
We are fields before
each other.

How can we live in harmony?
First we need to know

we are all madly in love
with the same