Tim Bete

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 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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Sometimes I think I am a Christian

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Phil Flott. Sometimes I think I am a Christian particularly in winter, earth is frozen, bulldozers cannot scrape the surface. The first snow cover is so bright I forget what’s underneath. Nights, though, I hear the ground groaning as frozen moisture heaves it up. Then I know where sap lurks, […]

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Marjorie Maddox. Cracks “Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush. . . . in the home begins the disruption of peace in the world.” —Mother Teresa of Calcutta Mother Teresa keeps strumming and singing Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle” in my hustle- and-bustle on-constant- replay dream where […]

The Light of Christ

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by David Russell Mosley. The Light of Christ His precious blood poured down with water and light.The Light of all the world for us was snuffed out.Just as a candle standing in the nightIs finally hushed, leaving darkness and doubt,So he too was hushed, uttering his finalCry. But Death’s domain could […]

To the God-daughter, who forgave you

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Marjorie Maddox. To the God-daughter, who forgave you for missing her life, “See,”she says, “I am still here,and would you like some new solesfor those shoes? Or insertsto add comfort to the daily? I am goodat my job and would love to helpyou.” She isbeautiful and generousand so like God, […]