FREE books from the Catholic Poetry Room!

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Catholic Poetry Room, Poetry Editor Tim Bete is offering the Kindle editions of both of his poetry collections FREE to readers of the Integrated Catholic Life website. To get your free copies, simply click on the book covers or links below. The Kindle editions will be free from Wednesday, February 19 to Sunday, February 23, 2020. As always, thank you for visiting the Catholic Poetry Room!

The Raw Stillness of Heaven

Wanderings of an Ordinary Pilgrim

The Raw Stillness of Heaven         Wanderings of an Ordinary Pilgrim


A sample poem from The Raw Stillness of Heaven

Where God Hides

Between the inhale and the exhale
lies a house where God dwells.

He rests in the lull
after the prayer and before the amen,

and curls up in the darkness
between the match strike and the flame.

He reclines in the crevice
made by gently-held hands

as well as in the instant
between eye-close and kiss.

Sometimes He hides in the furrows
among ripples on a pond

or in the head of a candle snuffer—
yellow glow turned to smoke.

Even a ubiquitous God
has His favorite hiding places

where He prefers to spend time
while he’s also everywhere else.



“Beautiful and very accomplished. There’s a spareness about the language and a quietness which makes these poems excellent vehicles for reflection and prayer.”
— Sally Read, poet and author of Night’s Bright Darkness

“Simply incredible! As someone who has arranged Catholic pilgrimages for three decades, I can confidently say Tim captures the deeply personal and transformational journey that is a pilgrimage.”
— Milanka Lachman, LCHS, President & Owner, 206 Tours


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About the Author

Tim Bete, ICL Poetry Curator To submit poetry to be considered for the Catholic Poetry Room, visit our submission guidelines page.

Tim Bete is Poetry Editor for and always searching for the best Catholic poetry from today's poets as well as those of the past.

Tim's poetry has appeared in Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, The Asketerion, and the Poet and Contemplative Blog of the Discalced Carmelite Friars (Province of St. Therese). His first book of poetry is The Raw Stillness of Heaven, of which one reviewer wrote, “If you are Catholic and think that you do not like poetry, this book will change your mind.”

Tim is former director of the national writers' workshop at the University of Dayton—a Catholic, Marianist university. He's a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) and often trades poems with his oldest daughter, who is a Dominican Sister. He says she's the best writer in the family.

Tim's writing has also appeared in several editions of the Amazing Grace anthology series (Ascension Press), theChristian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest magazine, and numerous parenting magazines. His latest book is Wanderings of an Ordinary Pilgrim

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