Sunday, October 9, 2016

When all the others were away at Mass by Seamus Heaney

When all the others were away at Mass
I was all hers as we peeled potatoes.
They broke the silence, let fall one by one
Like solder weeping off the soldering iron:
Cold comforts set between us, things to share
Gleaming in a bucket of clean water.
And again let fall. Little pleasant splashes
From each other’s work would bring us to our senses.

So while the parish priest at her bedside
Went hammer and tongs at the prayers for the dying
And some were responding and some crying
I remembered her head bent towards my head,
Her breath in mine, our fluent dipping knives –
Never closer the whole rest of our lives.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Prayer of Remembrance for 9/11

Prayer of Remembrance for 9/11

Lord of Mercy, Prince of Peace,

This day does not pass in the calendar without our remembering.

We remember images of death and destruction. Images that human eyes were never meant to see.  We remember words our ears were never meant to hear, the tender last words of husbands and wives who would never embrace again.

We imagine the feeling of emptiness in the arms of children who at the end of the day could not find mom or dad for their welcome home hug. We remember our own feelings of emptiness as our sense of security, as our own confidence in the predictable order of life and work was radically shaken.

We remember the heroism of the many that lost their lives in saving others. We remember all those who suffered and died, we grieve for them still, friends and strangers alike, along with their families and friends.

And it is right that it should not pass from our memory. But today and in this prayer, along with our remembrance of profound loss, it also seems right that we give voice to our deep longing for peace, and with this prayer, commit ourselves to those actions that will draw us closer to our most ancient and most holy desire, peace among all God’s children.

Dona nobis pacem.

Lord, grant us peace.  Amen.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Official Portrait of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.
God still loves the world and sends you and me to be
His love, His compassion to the poor.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Blessed Mother Teresa

"Jesus wants me to tell you much is the love He has for each one of you-beyond all what you can imagine...Not only He loves you, even more--He longs for you. He misses you when you don't come close. He thirsts for you. He loves you always, even when you don't feel worthy...”

Monday, July 11, 2016

A Secular "Lectio Divina"

This morning it is quiet in the Pennsylvania woods. Listening to the birds, God playing the wind through the trees. Looking up, the sky is steel blue, with clouds of pearl white moving along in silence. Sitting here reading "The Intimate Merton", I practice a secular "Lectio Divina", grabbing a few passages that speak to me right now - at this moment.

     "Gradually I will come more and more to transcend the limitations of the world and of the society to which I belong - while fully accepting my own little moment in history such as it is."

     "To be detached from all systems without rancor toward them, with insight and compassion. To be truly "Catholic" is to be able to enter into everybody's problems and joys and be all things to all men.

-  Thomas Merton  July 31, 1961

Friday, July 8, 2016