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  • The lion shall lay down with the lamb or is it the other way around?

  • Keith Jarrett, Anton Chekhov and Timothy Findlay- three artists with a deep commitment to addressing things spiritual.

  • The poet talks about the changes in our life that happen when we become aware of God's presence.

  • The final poem of Poetry Week speaks of a saint who promised to spend her heaven "doing good on earth."

  • They walk among us - these unknown saints who are in the poet's mind this day.

  • Our third Poetry Week entry offers us a fascinating "What is . . . "

  • The second poem for the Poetry Week looks at who goes to heaven.

  • The first poem in this Poetry week speaks of All Souls' Day

  • "'“If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty.'"

  • A poem inspired by time spent at a cottage this summer

  • "As the years passed, Elgar’s “attitude towards his Catholic faith degenerated from discomfort and indifference to fierce antipathy,” says Hough. And in 1934, in his final hours, Elgar had to be convinced to allow a priest to anoint him." 

  • The poet looks at God's favorite imperative.

  • "this Summer I discovered Emma Jameson’s series of detective novels.  They were perfect reads for the hot, muggy summer that spread across the country this year."

  • Inspired by the famous lines from the Od Testament, the poet writes of God's times.

  • Who would have thought that picking a flower would be such a complicated matter?

  • "If you saw Avengers: Infinity War, you probably left the theater wondering: How will the heroes win in the end? How will they defeat Thanos? What will happen in Avengers 4?"

  • "This fictional story was inspired by the three large white quartz boulders in front of our house in Little Harbour, Nova Scotia."

  • " know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope." (Jeremiah 29:11)

  • "Those present at the Synod have many matters to address and difficulties to face with courage but there are signs of hope"

  • The poet reflects on the anniversary of 9/11 with a psalm.

  • The poet writes about September and summer and autumn and flowers.

  • "Though I have claimed the Maritimes as home, I feel a bit like a stranger heading for a foreign land. In need of repose along the way, I’ve stopped in New York city."

  • The poem first appeared in It first appeared in The Recorder, Journal of the Ontario Music Educators’ Association. It is reposted with permission of the author.

  • "“That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.”"

  • "Where your treasure is, there also is your heart."

  • "This must be a relationship founded upon respect, compassion, and sensitivity. But, often on both sides, there is hurt and fear that get in the way. "

  • The poet asks what has light done to night and wonders if it could it be harmful.

  • A tribute to the Guelph statue of St. Ignatius on this his feast day!

  • The poet shares how prayer helps her "to see things anew".

  • The parable of the prodigal son told from his point of view.

  • "As I left the dark world of the theatre and walked into the Spring sunshine, the words “Love is the only way” kept ringing in my ears."

  • The poet imagines what it is like to be caught and released by God.

  • "Let the individuals involved enjoy the benefits and fulfill the attendant responsibilities. Let the religions in Canada be generous with their blessings."

  • Some words of advice before planting a tree.

  • “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

  • "Last October I was privileged to be invited to take part in the World Congress: Child Dignity in the Digital World held at the Gregorian University in Rome and bringing together 140 participants from around the world."

  • " I need to grasp that your appearance or social status, whether online or offline, does not tell me who you are and what you are worth.  "

  • With father's day approaching, a poem about fathers and undying love.

  • An English Jesuit priest, Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 – 1889) was not widely known as a poet until after he died; his collected poems were first published in 1918 at the instigation of his friend Robert Bridges, who was at the time the Poet Laureate of England. Hopkins was both an observant lover of

  • Visio Divina (‘Holy or Divine Looking’) on Vincent Van Gogh’s painting Irises.

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