Easter Song

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by George Herbert.                                                                                                                   Easter Song I got me flowers to straw Thy way, I got me boughs off many a tree; But Thou wast up by break of day, And brought’st Thy sweets along with Thee. The sun arising in the East, Though he give light, and th’ East […]

Stations 1 / 8 / 14

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Jeffrey Essmann.                                                                                                                      Stations 1 / 8 / 14 1. Judgment Amazed he was at his naivete, This Jewish “king” from some pathetic town Up north. Had he not well enough conveyed The power he had to nail the fellow down? —The wife comes running with her sordid dream; And “Crucify […]

The Waiting

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Johanna Caton.                                                                                                                      The Waiting Inspired by St Bernard of Clairvaux’s Homily on Our Lady’s Fiat. Homily 4, 8-9: Opera omnia, Edit. Cisterc. 4 [1966], 53-54 What sigh or song or sob flew out, unleashed From angel lips, as Spirit’s fathering Word? What innocence in girl and angel stirred, As each […]

Growing in Devotion to Saint Joseph

Dream of Joseph by Francisco Rizi (detail)

This year’s celebration of the Solemnity of Saint Joseph on March 19 is special, coming as it does within the Year of Saint Joseph, called by the Vatican to mark the 150th anniversary of Saint Joseph’s being declared patron of the Church. While the Solemnity is clearly one of the highlights of the Holy Year, it shouldn’t be regarded as the […]

Practical Prayer Tips from the Carmelite Sisters

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Dear Sister, Is there a best time to pray, given all the activities each day holds for me—working at my job and caring for and being with my family makes a very full day? Also, I’m not fully awake first thing in the morning and already mighty tired by the time I lay my head on the pillow. I thought […]

In the Garden

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Mary Ann Gauthier.                                                                                                                              In the Garden Like a waif reaching for the last crust of bread, I reach for His hand with hesitation. He smiles a poignant smile. “No need,” He whispers. “It must be fulfilled.” I’m mesmerized by His essence and the purity in His eyes. On my […]

The Winning Strategy

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Editor’s Note: Dr. Kreeft’s classic essay on successfully winning the culture wars is timeless. For more information, see his book, How to Win the Culture War. To win any war, the three most necessary things to know are: (1) that you are at war, (2) who your enemy is, and (3) what weapons or strategies can defeat him. You cannot […]