Reader’s Poem: October, or Autumnal Tints

October Is the month of painted leaves. What if we, too, were to glow in decay? See this great sea of scattered leaf-boats we paddle amid? These colored leaves excite joy, exhilaration. The routine of life interrupted. Stand under this tree, study it closely. There’s as much beauty as we are prepared to appreciate. Henry...

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The Gospel of Mark in Poem and Image

"Truly this man was the son of God . . ." (Mark 15:39) In sixteen action-packed chapters, the Gospel of Mark makes haste to convince readers of the good news of Jesus Christ. This collection of ninety-one reader's poems, combined with...

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Reader’s Poem: Letters to a Young Poet

Go into yourself. Works of art are of an infinite solitude. Try to love the questions themselves and not lose too much time or courage in clarifying, for what is happening is worthy of your entire love. Perhaps what frightens you is helpless and wants your love. Act as the unique, unrepeatable being you...

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Reader’s Poem: Listening Point

Point of discovery, awareness of subtle undertones the cabin symbolizes a way of life. Will all places of quiet and beauty be altered? Look, listen, and the day’s confused hurrying slows down. Glimpse the slow moving cycles of growth and change. Catch the mystery as a place speaks of the unknown. The old wilderness leaves its sense of...

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Reader’s Poem: The Startup Owner’s Guide

Thanks to the recommendation of Adam Gordon, President of Andaimo Games and adviser to the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery, I have already benefited from the entrepreneurial wisdom in this text The Startup Owner's Manual. The methods and principles, I am told,...

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Reader’s Poem: Till We Have Faces

Orual, the angry king’s homely daughter. Psyche, her lovely young sister. The people offered Psyche as bride to the Mountain God, where she lived a vision Orual could not see. Twisting love, Orual convinces Psyche to betray her groom. When the lamp reveals his beauty, Psyche is banished. The...

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Reader’s Poem: Grounded

The biblical narrative is of God coming near. We are in God, God is in us. Liminal space is uncertain territory between two more certain realities. God, like sky, touches the earth and reaches infinitely beyond. We long for stories of belonging, sacred grounding in God. Ultimately, God is...

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Enduring Ministry Reflection, Celebrating the Release

This reflection is based on Samuel Rahberg’s remarks at the 17 Jan 2017 book release of Enduring Ministry: Toward a Lifetime of Christian Leadership (Liturgical Press), hosted by the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Paul’s Monastery. We are formed,...

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Reader’s Poem: Becoming Wise

Our world is abundant with beauty and courage and grace. Our well-being is linked to others beyond family and tribe. Christianity proclaims God entering the fray of physical existence. Change begins to happen in the heart, slowly, over time. God desires us grateful, attentive, courageous in the everyday. Hope becomes a...

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The Gospel of John in Poem and Image

"In the beginning was the Word . . ." The Gospel of John opens with rich poetic imagery and unfolds into twenty-one chapters full of symbols and signs that point to Jesus Christ as truly human and truly divine....

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