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God as Poet

April 26, AD 2017 1 Comment
God as Poet

By guest writer LeighAnna Schesser. Recently, a friend wrote to me saying, “I’m skimming Jesus of Nazareth and Pope Benedict XVI mentions all the mountains in Jesus’ life (temptation, teaching, prayer, transfiguration,) and it just struck me as, well, really poetic. Do you have any thoughts regarding God as a Poet or something similar?” Perhaps […]

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Learning by Rote: Creativity and Discipline in Life and Prayer

November 21, AD 2016 2 Comments
Learning by Rote: Creativity and Discipline in Life and Prayer

One day, a home-schooled Anglo-Australian made a rather ill-informed statement on Asian education to his house mate, despite my presence: “Asians can’t be creative because they go through rote learning.” Interiorly, I thought of all the great poems I was expected to memorise in primary school back in Singapore: immortal lines by Wordsworth, Shelley, Stevenson, […]

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They Call Today “Good”

March 25, AD 2016 2 Comments
They Call Today “Good”

Every Triduum, starting with Maundy Thursday through Easter Sunday, I re-read T.S. Eliot’s “The Four Quartets”. It is four of his best poems, and for anyone who only knows his poetry ala in “The Hollow Man” or “The Wasteland” (critiques of modernity, not praise), his words may be surprising. For instance, it is in “East […]

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On Sloth and Wonder

July 11, AD 2015 0 Comments
On Sloth and Wonder

Every Christian shares in the universal call to partake in the Beatific Vision.  His baptism gives him this vocation.  The Gospel calls all men to be contemplatives. Sloth and dissipation distort modern connotations of leisure, which formerly meant contemplation in rest.  The Greeks called leisure schole, whence we derive “school.”  School provides the place where […]

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Hear the Gospel in Spoken Word Every Sunday

March 13, AD 2014 1 Comment
Hear the Gospel in Spoken Word Every Sunday

There is great power in words, especially words laced with passion and creativity. For today’s world, the art of Spoken Word is equivalent to the modern parable in that it has the ability to reach people, especially young people, in ways homilies and regular catechesis cannot. For that reason, I am very happy to announce […]

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Singing Over Me

December 3, AD 2013 0 Comments
Singing Over Me

I wrote this in my journal a while back, and thought I’d share. It might be a poem–I’m not sure. Saint Cecilia was obviously here! I hope you enjoy! It’s inspired by this Bible verse: The LORD, your God … will exult over you with loud singing … Zeph 3:17, RSV God is always singing […]

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The Ship of Joy

November 24, AD 2012 2 Comments
The Ship of Joy

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. – John 15:11 Joy is like an old ship that was headed for some adventure, but sunk instead like a slow rock under the heaviness of life, waiting to […]

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Cultivating Beauty

August 30, AD 2012 11 Comments
Cultivating Beauty

With the election season heating up and the usual sins threatening to conquer us, it’s time to talk about… art. Eve Tushnet makes a penetrating observation* in an upcoming issue of First Things magazine: If you (a sinner) cannot imagine a different way of life, if you do not see virtue as a real and […]

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Farewell, My Dear

May 23, AD 2012 1 Comment
Farewell, My Dear

This is a poem I felt compelled to write when I was thinking of one of my mom’s uncles, her godfather at baptism. I don’t know why I was thinking about him. We only ever had one conversation, back when he was sick, a few months before he died. He had so many books that […]

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Lessons in the Chinook

April 18, AD 2012 7 Comments
Lessons in the Chinook

“Man’s curiosity searches past and future And clings to that dimension. But to apprehend The point of intersection of the timeless With time, is an occupation for the saint–“ Today was a jump day. I had to jump out of a Chinook. This is one of the occupational hazards of my day job, that periodically they […]

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Echoes of an Unsung Lullaby

August 18, AD 2011 3 Comments
Echoes of an Unsung Lullaby

Somewhere in my mind’s many rooms, I hear a sound I dimly recognize– Faint and ghostly, not quite clear– A sound more haunting than piercing, So distant yet so familiar to my ear: ‘Tis the echo of a song I didn’t sing. I’m haunted by the echoes in my mind, The echoes of a lullaby […]

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