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Sept 22 “fatigue and the grief from several deaths that came too close in time and very close in the soul.” anonymous

Friday, September 22  “Lovely as the roses are, I might rather hide huddled in a cave” first posted October 28, 2015 Ordinarily, when people come to the Jesuit Residence for a few days of stillness and prayer, the house welcomes … Continue reading

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May 1 – poem touching a longing for peace in a violent world – Dunya Mikhail

Monday  May 1  – “ . . .  so the weapons sleep beneath the dust . . . .” I met the poet Dunya Mikhail when another poet and life-long friend Joy Harjo, read and performed at The University of … Continue reading

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April 27 – Saying goodbye to your brother

Thursday, April 27   Kevin Embach, sj and Denise Levertov A Detroit native, now studying theology in Boston, came home this week to bury his brother who died of an illness that lingered for decades.  We will gather for Daniel … Continue reading

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Jamaal May “there are birds here” prep reading for Ta-Nehisi Coates tomorrow

Monday April 3, 2017 – “there are birds here” Jamaal May Ta-Nehisi Coates on campus tomorrow:  5:00 pm for a group of invited students in intimate conversation,  6:30 in our field house for a wider public gathering.  Gathering with what … Continue reading

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March 29 – e e cummings “. . . the voice of your eyes . . . “

Wednesday, March 29  —  e e cummings – “. . . the voice of your eyes . . . ” Early spring,  mid-semester, lots of neighborhood hustle and growth,  clean elegant sunshine,  leaves budding out.    Perfect day for e … Continue reading

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March 24 – Rumi “The Guest House”

Friday,  March 24 “some momentary awareness comes As an unexpected visitor.” One of my soul friends of many years emailed Rumi’s “Guest House” yesterday.   When readers send poems, they create a place of stillness in me and sometimes change … Continue reading

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April 27 ” . . . roaring with laughter, full of earth-praise . . . “

Wednesday, April 27  –  Mary Oliver and Pine Ridge, SD A friend sent me a Mary Oliver writing, new to me.  It doesn’t quite read like a poem.  More like two small essays connected.  They remind me of a saying-set … Continue reading

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March 27 – “Lent,” in Anglo-Saxon, means “Spring”

Friday, March 27 – “There lives the dearest freshness deep down things” “In the late Middle Ages, as sermons began to be given in the vernacular instead of Latin, the English word lent was adopted. This word initially simply meant spring (as in the German language Lenz and Dutch lente) and derives from … Continue reading

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