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The Queen of Seasons

May 12, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Poetry

The Queen of Seasons (A Song for an Inclement May)   All is divine which the Highest has made, Through the days that He wrought, till the day when He stay'd; Above and below, within and around, From the centre of space, to its uttermost bound. In beauty surpassing the Universe smiled, On the morn of its birth, like an innocent child Or like the rich bloom of some delicate flower; And the Father... Read More

The Word was Made Flesh … and Dwelt Among Us

The Word was Made Flesh … and Dwelt Among Us * Then He summoned an archangel, Saint Gabriel: and when he came, Sent him forth to find a maiden, Mary was her name. Only through her consenting love Could the mystery be preferred That the Trinity in human Flesh might clothe the Word. Though the three Persons worked the wonder It only happened in the One. So was the Word made incarnation In Mary's... Read More

I Was Born For You

A Matter of Life and Death: What Meditation is! From St Teresa of Avila

I Was Born For You Editor's Note: Teresa Tomeo has graciously shared a reflection on St. Teresa of Avila, the saint she was named after, and St. Teresa's prayer “I Was Born For You”. When most of us think of famous words written by mystic and Doctor of the Church, St. Teresa of Avila, we think of her beautiful poem and prayer commonly referred to as “St. Teresa’s Bookmark”: Let... Read More

St Therese: To My Angel Guardian

TO MY ANGEL GUARDIAN A Poem by St Thérèse of Lisieux Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels October 2nd O glorious guardian of my frame! In heaven’s high courts thou shinest bright, As some most pure and holy flame, Before the Lord of endless light. Yet for my sake thou com’st to earth, To be my brother, Angel dear: My friend and keeper from my birth, By day and night to me most near.   Knowing... Read More

What Do Books Have to Do With Faith? (Part I of II)

What do books have to do with faith? (Part I of II) Dear Father John, I notice there is a book club on this site. We don't need stuff like that to have a relationship with God. What do books, or literature–other than the Bible, the Good Book–have to do with faith anyway? Please help. I am trying to understand. INFORMING AND FORMING our intellectual power is essential for learning to love... Read More

To the Feet of the Crucified One

April 3, 2015 by  
Filed under Holy Week, Liz Estler, Poetry, Triduum

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To the Feet of the Crucified One (This is the translation of the original Spanish version, which follows below) White roses I've brought to the feet of the Savior, to those feet that have walked the road of pain He trod. Drops of blood have fallen and trickle flower to flower. The roses have been converted into a bouquet of love [a bower]! Red, very bright red and of a piercing scent; the flowers... Read More

Veronica’s Veil

April 1, 2015 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Holy Week, Lent, Poetry

Veronica's Veil Veronica could not compete with the roaring, raucous mob, Though no one heard her plea to move, she pushed with one last sob. Compassion and persistence had begged her try again, And just that quick she found herself before the Man condemned. It's then He fell beneath the cross that forced Him to the ground, Which ripped His skin and tore His face; head pierced by thorny crown. Blood... Read More

Rosary on the Headboard — Poetry from Donna Sue Berry

October 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Poetry, Prayer, Rosary

Rosary on the Headboard I stumbled through my daily grind Right up until midnight, Then fell in bed without my prayers; I knew it wasn’t right. So tired I was, almost asleep, But thoughts kept waking me, To rise and pray a rosary Upon my bended knees. But my rosary beads were knotted Around my headboard rail, And tired attempts to pull them down Ended to no avail. Our Lady knows how tired I am, Was... Read More

Questions to Our Lady of Sorrows (Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows)

September 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Memorial, Poetry

QUESTIONS TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS Questions to Our Lady of Sorrows While you stood there in the chaos, Could you see past all the pain, Past the sword that ripped your own soul To your son's triumphant reign? Did the sands there of Golgotha Scratch lines onto your face, Mixing with the blood of Jesus, Dearest lady full of grace? While you stood beneath his shadow As he hung there on the cross, Could... Read More

Thank You God for Jesus

January 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Christmas, Donna Sue Berry, Poetry

I truly now can say to you, as Christmas drifts away, This was an Advent to remember and a special Christmas day. Our families all had fasted and petitioned God for grace, With what a joy to see at Mass the peace on each ones face! With four weeks of preparation, and sacrifices made, We came to place our gifts of straw where Jesus would be laid. Each piece of hay an offering, a penitence of love; It... Read More

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