Cana

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Jeffrey Essmann.                                                                    
                                                           
Cana

When Mary said to Jesus, “There’s no wine.
They have no wine,” she told him, “This is it:
Your hidden life is over. Now acquit
the glory you’ve been given. Time to shine.”
And Jesus said to her, “My time is mine.
I’ll do a miracle when I see fit,”
then, trusting in his blessed mother’s wit,
the choicest vintage earth has seen divined.
And Mary treasured in her heart that then
the world would never be the same again.
And we who to our hidden life hold fast,
afraid of where God’s grace might bid us go,
must, heeding Mary, let our lives be cast
into a world whose wine is running low.


Jeffrey Essmann is an essayist and poet living in New York. His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals, among them America Magazine, Dappled Things, the St. Austin Review, U.S. Catholic, Edge of Faith, and various venues of the Benedictine monastery with which he is an oblate. He is editor of the Catholic Poetry Room.

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


Jeffrey Essmann 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.

Jeffrey is an essayist and poet living in New York. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals, among them America Magazine, Dappled Things, the St. Austin Review and The Road Not Taken. He is a Benedictine oblate of Mt. Saviour Monastery.

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