A Song for Simeon

Brandon Zimmerman

Lord, the cold is creeping in the narrow alleyways
making barren and inhospitable the old refuges
I feel it in my bones—this may be my last winter
Long have I shuffled through these broken streets [Read more...]

A Reading from the Gospel According to Higher Education

Michael Baruzzini

You have heard it said:
	“Do not let schooling interfere with your education.”
But I say unto you, 
that it is not what is within a man that makes him good,
		but rather what he displays without.
	You are like antique books: inside, full of wisdom,
		but outside having nothing to make us look at you.
	For what does it profit a man if he hath wisdom and knowledge,
		but hath not credentials?
Therefore, I say unto you:
	Seek to earn credit, and do not pursue unlucrative learning.
	For as the résumé says, so surely the heart of a man is also.

Phrases I’m Going Through

J.F. Lovell

As I see it
it recedes into the distance,
as dreams projected on the backs of eyelids
disappear into the dense fog of memory.
Forever elusive, forever mysterious,
forever sought after once it’s lost.
Son, even now I sense in your wide-eyed gaze
an instinctive awareness of its passing.
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Kingdom for a Horse

Mela Kirkpatrick
Saul’s horse knew the secret art
of conversion, the sudden buck
that throws a man so the back of his head
thuds the hard earth just so,
the momentary loss of orientation,
and then, above,
the quiet intensity of noon’s light
paralyzing the senses. [Read more…]

Inthe Darkest Hours, Joy

Tonita M. Helton

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church.

Colossians 1:24

During a Mass I recently attended, Archbishop Chaput preached in his Homily of those stricken by painful disease and illness and said of them, that those who suffer so, and suffer well, “do more good for the kingdom than any words a Bishop like myself could ever offer.” [Read more…]