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See How They Run - Resurrection’s Twin Gazelles!
A poem based on Matthew's account of the resurrection of Jesus, With the twin gazelles being the two Mary's who first witnessed to this glorious event. 'Noli Me Tangere,' Fra Angelico, 1440-1442.    T his is the night, when dawn
first shewed her face, When ...

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I Am Forgotten Like The Unremembered Dead
  'Man of sorrows,' Anonymous, Reverse Painting on Glass, Spain, 19th century. At this year’s
Good Friday Passion liturgical commemoration, the following verse from the Responsorial Psalm (31:12) resonated with me: I am forgotten
like the unremembered dead....

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Enter the Wilderness
'Desert Speed,' James Xu OUR TREK THROUGH LIFE IS ONE BIG SOJOURN through a desert
wilderness. An Egypt left behind. A Promised Land ahead. With the haunting
allure of Egypt’s onions and garlic tugging at one’s appetite along the way,
whilst manna is provid...

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Jesus, Joseph, and the Serpent in the Wilderness
B EFORE BEING LED "BY THE SPIRIT into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” where “he fasted forty days and forty nights,” (Mt 4:1-2)
Jesus underwent His baptism in the Jordan river. Prior to this Jesus was living
out His hidden life with Mary and Jose...

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24 Hours for the Lord
 The purpose of this article is to provide information on 24 Hours for the Lord and
links concerning the event, along with the official poster
for the year. 24 Hours for the Lord is an initiative of the Pontifical Council for the Promoting of the New Evan...

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Infirmus: A Recasting of Henley's Invictus
The following famous poem is by William
Ernest Henley called Invictus (Latin for 'unconquerable' or 'undefeated') I will share it here before proceeding. Out of the night that covers me,       Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be...

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Novena to St. Raphael for Healing
Guarigione di Tobia, Antonio de Bellis (attributed). A private prayer, prayed for nine consecutive days. St. Raphael—O Mighty
Archangel, And beloved instrument of God’s
grace and healing designs— We humbly invoke thy patronage And beseech thee to come to
ou...

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The Great Library of Alexandria: The Phoenix Pyre
From   Popular History of Egypt , 1886. Who burnt the Great
Alexandrian Library? Julius Caesar they say, and
all by an accident. He merely intended to burn the
Egyptian fleet, And this he did, but it spread
and roared Until it turned every scroll
to ash, as...

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St. Francis De Sales on Spiritual Dryness
St. Francis de Sales  Today is the memorial of St. Frances de Sales (1567-1622), Doctor of the Church - referred to as Doctor Caritatis - 'the Doctor of Love.' His writings are exemplary - lucid, rich with insight, and beautiful - bordering on poetic. He is...

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The Baptism of Christ Who Crushed the Serpent in the Jordan
The following is a poem which serves as a narrative-allegory of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River. It draws particularly from two antiphons from the Office of the Day: The springs of water were made holy when Christ appeared on earth.
Draw water from the ...
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