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.
Our hearts irrigate this 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 God.
written by St. Thomas Aquinas, 13th century theologian
(translated by Daniel Ladinsky in Love Poems from God (New York: Penguin, 2002))