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CHORUSES from 'THE ROCK'

CHORUSES from 'THE ROCK'

by: Angela McGhin in Expressions,

I can't say I like shopping very much, especially the Christmas rush. This seems quite a dark poem but one that resonates with those who have a feeling of being on an ever speeding treadmill, when in reality, Christmas is about remembering God's arrival in our lives and sharing his love with one another. I recall T.S. Eliot poem.

Dave Brubeck, jazz giant and convert to Catholicism from "nothing"

Dave Brubeck, jazz giant and convert to Catholicism from "nothing"

by: Carl E. Olson in Expressions,

Dave Brubeck, legendary jazz pianist and pioneer, died earlier today on the cusp of his 92nd birthday. Throughout his career, Brubeck defied conventions long imposed on jazz musicians. The tricky meters he played in “Take Five” and other works transcended standard conceptions of swing rhythm.?

Winter Song

Winter Song

by: Wilfred Owen in Expressions,
The browns, the olives and the yellows died, / And were swept up to heaven; where they glowed / Each dawn and set of sun till Christmastide,...
From Cold Unblinking Eyes

From Cold Unblinking Eyes

by: Salvatore Buttaci in Expressions,

Winter is blowing / into her hands. / from cold unblinking eyes / she handcombs wisps of silver hair and all around her we brace ourselves in the tremble of season change.

 In October

In October

by: G.K. Chesterton in Expressions,

This month of luminous and golden ruin / Lit long ago the galleys and the guns. / Here is there nothing but such loitering rhyme / As down the blank of barren paper runs,

After the Storm

After the Storm

by: Boris Pasternak in Expressions,

The air is full of after-thunder freshness, / And everything rejoices and revives. / With the whole outburst of its purple clusters / The lilac drinks the air of paradise.

Autumn

Autumn

by: Rainer Maria Rilke in Expressions,

And tonight the heavy earth is falling / away from other stars in the loneliness. / And yet there is Someone, whose hands / infinitely calm, holding up all this falling.

Summer Meadow

Summer Meadow

by: Rainer Maria Rilke in Expressions,

Let every day just of itself occur like a child / walks away from every wind / and happens upon the gift of many flowers

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Solemnity

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Solemnity

by: Pope Benedict XVI in Expressions,

"By contemplating Mary in heavenly glory, we understand that the earth is not the definitive homeland for us either, and that if we live with our gaze fixed on eternal goods we will one day share in this same glory and the earth will become more beautiful.

The Station

The Station

by: Robert J. Hastings in Expressions,

The Station is an illusion--It constantly outdistances us. Tucked away in our subconscious minds is an idyllic vision in which we see ourselves on a long journey that spans an entire continent.But uppermost in our conscious minds is our final destination.

In our life's journney

In our life's journney

by: Archbishop J.W.Tobin C.SS.R in Expressions,

'We know that our lives began in a place and we sense or, at least, we
hope that our lives are going somewhere. Just as pilgrims keep moving
in the direction of an unseen sanctuary, so we choose to find meaning
in our life's journey."

Before Summer Rain

Before Summer Rain

by: Rainer Maria Rilke in Expressions,

Suddenly, from all the green around you, / Something, - you don't know what - has disappeared; / You feel it creeping closer to the window, / In total silence. From the nearby wood

What a wonderful world!

What a wonderful world!

by: Angela McGhin - David Attenborough in Expressions,

Living by the sea, I sometimes, after rainfall, catch sight of a beautiful rainbow just like this one, so awesome that I am always caught by surprise, stopping whatever I am doing and just standing still, gaping at this vision, a wonderful part of our natural world but also a glimpse of heaven.

Three Poems crushing the sorrows of the heart

Three Poems crushing the sorrows of the heart

by: Mary McKeone rscj in Expressions,

In moments of stillness and meditation, there are poems that soothe the mind and inspire thought. Some give a sense of the excitement and beauty of the natural world and its relationship to man. Others ponder upon the silence and music, or upon love and personal identity.

The Truly Great: Who wore at their hearts the fire's centre

The Truly Great: Who wore at their hearts the fire's centre

by: Stephen Spender - Angela McGhin in Expressions,

This poem reminds me of the first Claretian Missionaries who came to England 100 years ago, just before the First World War.

The names of those who in their lives fought for life,
Who wore at their hearts the fire's centre.
Born of the sun, they travelled a short while toward the sun
And left the vivid air signed with their honour.

Song of the Magdalene: Mary Magdalene of the Tears

Song of the Magdalene: Mary Magdalene of the Tears

by: Tanya Torres in Expressions,

So from now on, when we go to a museum or a church and see a crying Magdalene, we can choose to remember that the purpose of the Crucifixion was the Resurrection, and that the tears we see washed her eyes of the illusion of death in order to see life. Her vision, of life reborn, of life never dead, can be the warp and weft on which we can place our faith to believe that out of our pain, a new life can be born.

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday

by: Mary McKeone rscj in Expressions,

It is a long day, / a waiting day. / Where is our Tree of hope? / the Flower of Future Glory? / The Song of Promise and the eager Longing for Beyond?

Good Friday

Good Friday

by: Mary McKeone rscj. in Expressions,

We must fall on our knees as we contemplate the crucifixion. But even on our knees, we will not understand. Yet, fret not. An explanation for such a sacrifice is beyond our understanding. "Leave the battered Cross high on the Calvary of our London village and move towards Easter"

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

by: Rainer Maria Rilke in Expressions,

Rilke is a supremely spiritual poet who became the most important lyrical poet of 20th century Germany. Paradoxically, he was born in Prague, but it was to the Slav world with its strong catholic tradition that the spirit of Rainer Maria Rilke was drawn.