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The Power of Humility

If finding true peace within our souls is something one desires, and it should be, as it is an absolute prerequisite for effective prayer, then we need to ask, what is it that will allow us to establish ourselves in peace? When looking for guidance in Scripture, we can never go wrong by looking at the words spoken by Jesus […]

Lonely Shades of Light

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Michael Carlton.                                                                                                         Lonely Shades of Light Warmed with soft rays that glitter of gold, The longer his days with eyes that grow old. He wakes to the shadows of dawn’s early light, Escaped from the cold to the city’s dark night. Life on this bench seen alone in the park […]

The Roar of Waters

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Johanna Caton.                                                                                                                      The Roar of Waters I’ve tried to offer to my God my all. But this, if so, must always be inspired by him – for ego’s fallen imprints fall on sacrifice of self that self has styled. I’ve learned that God’s the one who sends the pain that […]

What Do You Want?

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Philip Vassallo.                                                                                                                      What Do You Want? after John 1:38 If you find yourself on a deserted path with two men following, do not run, cry for help, or reach for whatever weapon you can find, as He did none of these. Turn to them and ask, “What do you want?” […]


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                                                                                                           This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Jeffrey Essmann. Presentation I sometimes fear, O Lord, I’ve not the scope of years or wisdom left to me to bear the growing burden of an active hope. The dark’ning world around me swirls with care. Its very skies are sighing with the pain of human lives adrift and […]

Living in the Presence of God

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Have you ever experienced conflicting emotions or feelings within yourself? Did they seem to embody such opposites that you wondered how they could co-exist in the same body? Well, you’re not alone! Throughout his long life, Simeon knew this all too well. He was torn between the sufferings he bore and his unfailing hope. His people had endured the delay […]

What Difference Does Heaven Make?

"Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" (detail) by van Eyck (Michiel Coxie [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

Heaven’s Difference If a thing makes no difference, it is a waste of time to think about it. We should begin, then, with the question, “What difference does Heaven make to earth, to now, to our lives?” The answer to the question is only the difference between hope and despair in the end, between two totally different visions of life; […]