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To Etch the Stars

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Mary R. Finnegan.                                                                                                                           To Etch the Stars It is a day without form, dark as night, a dirty rain falls. Still, I walk out, into the chaos, see the cosmos as it was before: a sea in storm, everything waiting for the breath of God to tame the wild […]

Nice Book, If You Can Get It

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Looking for a good read? I recommend Brendan Hodge’s new work, If You Can Get It (Ignatius Press). If You Can Get It is a well written, engaging novel that intelligently explores living meaningfully in today’s superficial world. An educated Catholic friend recommended it to me. The title lodged Gershwin’s song in my head, so I picked up the book […]

Molten Glass

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by John Darretta.                                                                                                                           Molten Glass Soft colors slowly shift along the ancient chancel wall, trails of light beaming through a tinted window at my back, as from without, above the whir of traffic and stir of life, burning sun pierces the glass, suffusing hues in trails of light, streaming them […]

The Real Stuff of Holiness

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As we continue to move in unknown spaces and times of uncertainty, REMEMBER your blessings and use your TIME well. Rest in the knowledge of God’s faithfulness. Be the saint you are called to be. Our world needs saints today. Our world needs you. In my book, time is an elusive thing. So is the memory. Both are hard to […]


This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Mary Springer.                                                                                                                          Maestro The first hint of daybreak, and the musician, perched in his tree, tentatively tunes up his instrument and emits a lone note, short and sweet, like the “ping!” of a silver triangle, soft at first, but following the sheet music he repeats the note over and over, […]


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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Stephen Pohl.                                                                                                                   Visitation Barely a woman, sown with the one seed and first fruit of the tree of life, bearing death’s own destruction, she strides Judah’s hills to one thought barren now late in season ripe with leaping life crying out wild joy. Originally published in Pilgrim. Stephen Pohl writes […]

All Souls Day and Prayers for the Dead

"The Madonna of Carmel and the Souls of the Purgatory" (detail) by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

I’ll never forget that bleak January day when my father died.  It was very hard to believe in the resurrection as I watched the undertakers carry away his lifeless corpse in a body bag. But imagine this scene.  You are an unborn child who has lived in cozy but cramped quarters with your twin for nine months.  But now you […]

Patience—A Beautiful Fruit

Patience. This simple word can evoke such a variety of responses! “It’s impossible to practice, I simply get so annoyed.” Take a moment and examine what our first thoughts are when you hear the word PATIENCE. Was it a negative thought? Often this virtue can bring with it difficult emotions. And when those are our reactions, the desire to become […]