…bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Tag: poetry

Versed in Prayer: a poetry reading by Rita A. Simmonds

To celebrate faith and culture in this Year of Faith, Rita A. Simmonds, a friend, is reading her poetry in a program Versed in Prayer, at St. Malachy’s-The Actors’ Chapel in NYC on 28 November 2012, 7pm. Rita’s poetry is frequently featured in the monthly MAGNIFICAT magazine. Her work is award-winning. Versed in Prayer is MAGNIFICAT’s way of […]


PELICANUS is the word for a certain breed of bird     Who truly is a crane;     Egypt is his domain.     There are two kinds there-of;     Near to the Nile they live;     One of them dwells in the flood, the fishes are his food;     The […]

Give beauty back to God, beauty’s self and beauty’s giver

A striking line in Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem “The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo,” “Give beauty back, beauty, beauty, beauty, back to God, beauty’s self and beauty’s giver.”  English Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) was renowned for his use of Blessed John Duns Scotus’ theology and his creative use of language and rhythm (notice Hopkins’ characteristic […]

Snow and Ice

“The Snow-Storm” comes to mind today. There’s a certain end-times (should we say a 19th century apocalypticism?) quality to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem that life and death are confronted, forward motion is reduced-if-not-halted the boundaries are indistinct. Looking out my window I see the barrenness of the landscape with only the evergreens providing color save […]

New Heaven, New War

One of my favorite 16th century recusant poets is Saint Robert Southwell, an English Jesuit who preached the gospel in very trying circumstances. Southwell chose the obedience to be a Catholic priest in a country that outright persecuted Catholics and their priests. Ordained a Jesuit priest in 1584, his personal, theological and ministerial imagination, his […]