Monday, August 18, 2014

The Tree

 
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's hungry breast;

A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree!

Joyce Kilmer 
 
** Photo taken on the grounds of the Old Pocono Mountain Inn Pa.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Morning at Larsen Lake


I will hear what the Lord God has to say,
  a voice that speaks of peace.
His help is near for those who fear him
  and his glory will dwell in our land.
 
from Psalm 84
 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pope Francis ..... Provide for the Needs of the Poor


A very important message from Pope Francis, out of CNA ...

 At Sunday's Angelus address at the Vatican, Pope Francis called on those receiving his message to care first for the poor, before concerning themselves with their own wants and needs.

“Jesus teaches us to put the needs of the poor ahead of our own,” he said Aug. 3 at St. Peter's Square. “Our needs, even if legitimate, will never be so urgent as those of the poor, who lack the necessities of life.”

He reflected on the day's Gospel, the multiplication of the loaves and fishes; from this pericope he drew three messages: compassion, sharing, and Eucharist.

Beginning with compassion, he said Christ “does not react with irritation to the crowd that followed him, and would not – so to speak - ‘leave him in peace’. Rather, he feels compassion, because he knows that they do not seek him out of curiosity, but out of need.”

He clarified that this compassion of God is not merely a feeling of pity, but is, as the word suggests, a 'suffering with' which “identifies with the suffering of others, to the point of taking it upon himself.”

“Thus is Jesus: he suffers among us, he suffers with us, he suffers for us.”

This compassion of God should lead us to “feel that man, that woman, those babes who lack the necessities of life.”

Read the rest HERE