A Sacred Space

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Julie Labuszewski.                                                                                            

A Sacred Space

2 pm
in the family kitchen
around the wooden island,
a mother and daughter
talk
into the next delightful hour.

Hail Mary

Light streams in
through three open windows
above the porcelain white sink,
illuminating this sacred space.

Full of grace

Her mother,
fully present.

Blessed art thou among women

As years pass,
lost memories
change everything.

A door begins to close,
another opens,
welcoming a daughter.

Inside, flickering flames
above rows of candles
burn with passion.

A splash of holy water
awakens the senses.

Vignettes on windows
with royal blues,
rich reds,
emerald greens
and golden yellows
come alive.

And blessed is the fruit of thy womb

She kneels in gratitude,
prays in solitude,
when a benevolent form
calls her
by her name.

Another mother,
fully present.

Hail Mary

Around the wooden altar,
a mother and daughter
talk
into the next delightful hour.

Full of grace


Julie Labuszewski is a full-time copywriter and brand storyteller in Colorado and a part-time student at Arapahoe Community College. Poetry is a new genre for her.

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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 IntegratedCatholicLife.org 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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