Advent Chat


after that, Mary sat

me down, took my hand,

and tried to make me understand

the sensation of gestation:

fast and slow…before you know

it’s over; yet a single day

can stretch patience

in a thousand painful ways.

she took my hand and caught my eye

with snatches of a lullaby

that her inner child composed

while sleeping into being.

before we rose

and returned

to cities where the forests burn

she taught me in every human tongue

to nod “let in me your word be done!”


Greg Kennedy, SJ is assigned to the spiritual exercises ministry at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario. Novalis will publish Greg's book - “Reupholstered Psalms” - on March 1, 2020.

  • Gabrielle Feuvrier
    Posted at 04:11h, 11 December Reply

    thanks Greg

  • Peter Chouinard
    Posted at 10:07h, 11 December Reply

    I love it! One of your best poems I gave ever had the privilege to read.
    Happy Advent and blessed Christmas.

    Peace, Peter

  • Catherine von Zuben
    Posted at 13:22h, 11 December Reply

    Thank you for such a beautiful prayer.

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