August 17, 2015: More than things

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

Several Sundays ago, we were challenged during the homily to become “detached”. And as the priest was talking, I replayed the lesson from my father on what detachment means. Daddy always sat us down before heading to Mass to prepare us for the liturgy – and the older I get, the more I understand the gift his seeds of faith planted in me.

When my children were young, I went through periods of materialism, wanting things I really didn’t need, and buying them anyway. Losing some of those “things” gave me the opportunity to dig deep in the soil of my own faith to draw on the roots of those seeds planted long ago.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ~ Matthew 5:3

More than things

One was my first handmade purchase -
pottery lovingly turned at the wheel,
glazed bright blue birds perched along the grey rim
waiting to sip from its wide bowl.
One was my Grandmother’s -
porcelain deep pink rose and black -
asymmetrical wings rising
almost as high as the flowers
meant to grace its slender vase.
Artisan labor essence – bound to the clays -
scattered in moments of unintentional mishap.
I was more shattered than the shards before me,
until memories of my father’s words
swept up the pieces in his scriptured voice –
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Enjoy your treasures”, my mother echoed,
“but don’t be possessed by them”.
They are only things…I comforted guileless transgressors.

Paula Veloso Babadi has worked in the health care industry for over thirty five years, but her true passion is poetry. She is a member of the St. John’s Chapter of the national Catholic Writers Guild and a regular contributor to the St. Joseph’sReflections Newspaper. Growing up in England and Pensacola with her Filipino and British parents and marrying into her Iranian family, she now lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, daughter and nearby three grown sons and grandchildren.


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