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The Light That Sanctifies: A Poem

Sean is a teacher who is writing about his spiritual adventures to help other people find balance and self-respect.


Please remember, there are no sinners, only brothers and sisters who took the wrong turn and need our Love to guide them back Home.

— Sean Dragon

At the hour of my biggest need

In the darkness of my desolation

Where, carelessly, I had been driven

By the demons of my condemnation

Where my Heart was melting down

In the bleak abyss of my despair

Under the unbearable burden

Of my sins' unbreathable air

I believed that Love not exists

Only pain, pain and lies

And undelivered lust

Dragging me in front of Thanatos' eyes


Then a spark in me, a Godly spark

Flashed to me of His recall

And I turned to Him, looking for hope

Even just right before the fall

"Oh! my Lord, I only ask for a sign

A moment of pure Love and Light

Show me that somewhere the Sun of Grace

Through Love still illuminates the Night."

Suddenly a glorious brilliance overwhelmed my Soul,

A place of unimaginable beauty appeared in my sight

Love, pure Love welled up around me and above

And I let myself soar in this Sacred Light

I yearned to fill, that one and only moment,

My whole existence with this Virgin Glow

I turned to Him and humbly spoke

"My Lord, I thank You, I praise You, now I know."

"I know that, no matter how far from me,

There is a place where Love and Light reign

Thank you for resurrecting the hope in me

In another life, out of this abyss, I'll be there again."


Then, He spoke to me, Light within the Light:

"My beloved Brother, My Father's son

Open your eyes, you keep them shut,

Open to see her Heart's Divine Sun."

He spoke to me, Love within the Love:

"Open your eyes to see, you do are in this place

It is her Heart the world you long to live,

You spend already, every moment, in this Grace."

He spoke to me, Grace within the Grace:

"Open your eyes and Heart and stop to strife

With false shadows and delusive demons

See! Is her Love that sanctifies all of your life!"

The Story Behind These Verses

Love saves lives! I know it by experience because Love has saved mine.

Many years before, in my late twenties, I had made some choices which had driven me into the darkness and despair. I had almost been convinced that there was no reason to continue "to infect" this world with my presence. Then, the miracle of Love changed my life forever and delivered me from that abyss which I thought I was in, to the bliss of my today life.

The Light, which became the beacon to me, was the Light of my wife's Heart, the Sun of her unconditional Love along with the Love of my Brother, Jesus! She stood there by my side when she had any right to leave me, and showed me with her Love the way back to life.

When I came back to the Light, I wrote this poem as a dedication to my saviours. I want to share it with you as a reminder that no matter how far we have gone, always, but always, there is a way back to the happiness. All we have to do is to open our eyes and see the Light! The Light is eternally there for us! Follow the Light of His Love!

And please remember, there are no sinners, only brothers and sisters who took the wrong turn and need our Love to guide them back Home.

The verb "sin" in ancient Greek - αμαρτάνω (amartano) - means "I lose my goal."

— Sean Dragon

© 2018 Ioannis Arvanitis


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on November 17, 2018:

Thank you, my dear friend, Mark! These kind words coming from you, are special and significant for me.

Every action of Love is a heroic act!


Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on November 17, 2018:

Your spiritual poem is compelling, and heartfelt.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on October 10, 2018:

Thank you my Brother, for your concern. Your Loving and noble Heart cares for every Soul!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on October 10, 2018:

Oh! My Jai Asahi, my dear daughter from afar, I am glad to hear that my article touched your noble Soul and made you think again about the blessings you have. You are so talented in so many ways and yet so very young! Believe me, God has a great vision about you, important things to come as long as you want to live them. I had been so close to making the final wrong choice, but Love's healing hands have pulled me through. Those hands are here for you too. So yes, tell your heart to beat again!

"Tell your heart to beat again

Close your eyes and breathe it in

Let the shadows fall away

Step into the light of grace

Yesterday's a closing door

You don't live there anymore

Say goodbye to where you've been

And tell your heart to beat again."

We all need to see your beautiful Soul shine!


manatita44 from london on October 10, 2018:

Thank you, Jai Asahi. Your piece is heartfelt and sincere. Sean and I are soul brothers.

You are made in the image of Spirit. As such you are unique and have a right to be here ... a destiny to fulfill.

The spiritual Heart is always pulsing ... always shining and sharing its Light like a lighthouse- beacon on the sea.

Our Beloved has a path mapped out for you and if you have found it, then follow that road ... listen to the inner voice. Prayer and Meditation will help you. Be patient ... persevere. Much Love.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on October 10, 2018:

Yes, my dear sister, Dora, I am a blessed man in so many ways and I praise my Father every moment! My wife is a significant reason for this. Her name is Fotini, that means Luminous and so she is, indeed! From our days back to school, until now, I call her Sunny, my Sunny!

Thank you for your heartfelt comment!

Thank God for giving your kind Heart to our world!


Jai Hitachiin on October 09, 2018:

"tell your heart to beat again"

This article of you Sir Dad has touched me again,made me realized that Im not done ,I still have that thing in me that holds me from the past when I thought I have already transcended and totally have forgotten about the past. Maybe I did really lose a goal, and now struggling if I could find another one..

thank you for writing this article,, it helped us a lot

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 09, 2018:

I admire you for giving some of the credit to your wife who let her light shine for you. You are blessed, May God favor you both.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on October 09, 2018:

Oh! My dear Dana, thank you so much for your wonderful comment! your words are blessings to me and to any sister and brother who have to face the darkness and overcome it. Thank you for the Light of your luminous Heart, it can be a beacon for others.

Gratitude, my Sister!


manatita44 from london on October 08, 2018:

Ah, my brother Venkatachari M.

You are both noble and wise. May Brahman bless you always. Thanks for the Mention.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on October 08, 2018:

I have always felt that those who have ventured into the darkness have been chosen by God to be a brighter light that can help their brothers and sisters

They need to see that light of understanding in order to know that you are not just doing the work of the Lord but have been chosen because you have the light of understanding.

You've been there and, you have overcome, and they shall too. You have overcome and your light of truth is bright and beautiful to see.


Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on October 06, 2018:

Very important note pointed out by you, Manatita. In the Universal Heart, all hearts are one and the same. Each individual heart is only a particle of that Supreme One. Very beautiful mention done.

So, let us keep contributing to maintaining that Universalness of Love and Generosity.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on October 06, 2018:

Yes, my dear Mary, those are the times we learn the most! Hard but blessed experiences. Thank you for your lovely comment and your participation

I wish you Light to your path!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on October 06, 2018:

Glory Be, my dearest Brother, Manatita, Glory Be! Yes, we all are the same Heart, and yes I am using beats of your noble Heart to empower mine in Love! What a miracle and blessing is this, indeed! I praise His name for all my experiences, both happy and hard. I hope that, as you mentioned, this piece of my life will help some aspiring Souls.

You are a significant part of my Love!


PS: The only reason you will keep looking over your shoulders is your golden Heart. You will look to see if I am following in order to slow your pace so that I can be near you. Any other poetic comparison between you and me is like you trying to compare a humble bush with a magnificent oak! I don't even dream to be the oak, but I Love to admire it from my ground. Ha! Ha! Lantern, my Lantern, thank you for the Light!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 06, 2018:

Such a beautiful poem, an expression of coming to light. Yes, sometimes we get lost and it is such a grace to be guided back.

manatita44 from london on October 06, 2018:

I feel that you are using my Heart sometimes to say all you say. What excellent teamwork!!

In the Universal Heart all Hearts are one. Anyway, this piece is another compassionate Light taken directly from above and will help many aspiring souls.

Let us give thanks and praise. GLORY BE! Amen.

P.S. if you write more poetry, I would have to keep looking over my shoulders. Lol. Continue, my Sean, continue.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on October 06, 2018:

Yes, my dear brother, Venkatachari M, you have so right!

"Show him the light and the right path with love and care."

This phrase could change the world. Thank you for your contribution.

My best wishes!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on October 06, 2018:

Thank you, my dear Sister Chitrangada! Your golden Heart glows in your lovely comment! Indeed, nobody needs criticism, we all need help and Love! Thank you, and I am glad you liked it.

May the Love of your Heart shines every day to the world!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on October 06, 2018:

I thank you, my dear Linda, for your wonderful comment! It means a lot for me.

I wish His Light shines on your days!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on October 06, 2018:

My beloved brother, Tim thank you for your gem you put in my comment section! What could I say? The only thing I want to say is that this "ancient" story of me and the victory of Love made me worthy to be here today, among great people, sisters and brothers, like you my brother, and all the others, in this community of Love. And this, to have all you, is a priceless gift that makes me willing to serve more, to Love more! Isn't this remarkable my dear brother? As I read your work, I find more reasons to serve and Love the world! And I am glad to hear the same for me by you! Love will tear us apart to make us better and better!

And as I said to Eric, my Love is always by your side along with my prayers, brother!


Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on October 06, 2018:

Very insightful and beautiful presentation of the concept. A sinner requires help and support to come out of his sins. He should not be discarded to fall and perish. We need to understand his weaknesses and surrounding circumstances that prompted or compelled him to indulge in those sinful deeds. Show him the light and the right path with love and care.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on October 06, 2018:

Yes, my dear brother Eric, speak to your son about your mistakes, make him see that are the same mistakes which have made you the remarkable man I met here and I Loved. Make him not to be afraid of the wrong choices he may take because Love and Light are always by our side, even in the darkest abyss! I am so glad you felt this piece of my Heart.

My Love is always by your side along with my prayers, brother!


Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 06, 2018:

Beautifully expressed and heart warming poem!

I agree with you, ‘Hate the sin and not the sinner.’ It’s always better to put ourselves in that person’s place and think, why he/ she behaved that way. Each human being is created by the almighty and ‘He’ loves all of them and forgives them for the wrongdoings. Love has the power to change everyone.

Thanks for sharing your story through this wonderful poem!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 06, 2018:

Thank you for sharing your story. I believe many can relate. We love because He first loved us. Jesus said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on October 06, 2018:

Deareest brother, Sean,

The power of a personal story is more transforming than almost any other source. I could hear you in this poem, Sean. It was almost like you were speaking a truth others could benefit from. It was beautiful.

To have a supportive spouse along with our Brother Jesus during your darkest days made me cheer for you, a champion who conquered the dark that sought to overwhelm and subdue you.

I loved every line, Sean. Part of this story is my story, and probably many, many, other people's tale. I recognized me in your work because our evil foes' goal is to make us feel unworthy. This is why I cherish your writings - you always remind us of the greatest good of all.


Greatest respect and admiration,


Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 06, 2018:

Heart felt. This reminded me to pray on repenting. "to turn from sin". Perhaps sometimes we run from sin rather than to the light. We peoples are not perfect. It may sound weird but I somewhat enjoy telling my young son errors in my way of life. He gets "way".

And I feel your piece here more than I understand it. Thank you brother.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on October 06, 2018:

I am so glad you liked it, and it touched you, my dear Sister, Rinita, because you know how I admire you. Yes, any true story of unconditional love is inspiring, and this is the reason I wanted to share it. Thank you for your kind words!

May the Love bless every one of your days!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on October 06, 2018:

Yes, my brother John, it is written from the Heart, and I am glad to know that can set an inspirational example for others. Thank you for your comment, brother, it means a lot for me coming from you.

I send you the Light of my Heart!


Rinita Sen on October 06, 2018:

I am deeply touched by this poem, Sean. I loved the way you expressed "love within the love", "grace within the grace", and "light within the light". True stories of unconditional love are always inspiring. Thank you for sharing this.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on October 05, 2018:

Brother Sean, thank you for sharing this poem. It is truly written from the heart and sets an inspirational example for us all. Wonderful!

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