When I take a more honest look at life, with its’ beauty, and also its’ darkness and suffering, I’m drawn to see the meaning of seeking something that transcends worldly pleasures or pursuits, even the willingness to sacrifice those things. And I want to affirm this desire to “transcend” is not an escape from reality, nor is it inhuman. It is rather a call to become even more fully and authentically human concretely in the world. Chris Williams, SJ, invites us to see this transcendence in his newest poem perfect for prayer and reflection.
Chris Williams, SJ, shares with us a poem for your prayers. In his poem he writes, “I will do anything to have your eyes / Lock in on mine, widen slightly, / And glisten in impulsive, destined wonder…” We invite you take a moment to read, pray, and reflect on his words.
In his latest exhortation Pope Francis gives us four quite impossible dreams. Is the pope channeling the Spanish literary legend, Don Quixote?
“And when you are before God, utterly defenseless, then you will see the love of God…”
A poem about the beauty that comes from being broken and the gift of others loving you into existence.
Eric Sundrup only asks the tough questions: is joining the barefoot runners (and perhaps getting closer to God’s creation) worth being mistaken for a silver back gorilla?
King of Snark Jayme Stayer returns for Part 2 of “Sh*t Christian Poets Say” – here he immerses us in Mary Karr’s poetic efforts to walk the tightrope between experience and theologizing.
All of the dead deserve to be remembered in our prayers, poets perhaps most of all. Our Tim O’Brien remembers the great, and recently deceased, Polish poet Wisława Szymborska, the muse of “I Don’t Know.”
*Sigh* Why is it so hard to a find good Christian poem these days? Thank God we’ve got our own King-of-Snark (and first-rate T.S. Eliot scholar) Prof. Jayme Stayer on hand to respond to such questions.