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Nov 25 – Jim Janda – “Crying For a Vision”

“to cry for a vision is a sacred task” The Lakota expression “hanblechia” means “he or she cries out for a vision.” It is the name of one of the most sacred Lakota rituals.  It begins with a sweat bath, … Continue reading

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Nov 23 – Meadow-down is not distressed when kissed by a rainbow – G Manley Hopkins

November 23 – a late November poem from G M Hopkins Who knows what intuition led Hopkins to this metaphor – – a skylark’s wild explosions of energy and what happens when all that free spirit gets caged — skylark … Continue reading

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Nov 18 — In Memory of Dan Berrigan, s.j. + April 30, 2016

Monday, November 18, 2020  —  Dan Berrigan sj – a prophet for his moment in time It’s safe to say that no US Jesuit of my generation or the next ignored Dan Berrigan, sj.  He died on Saturday, April 30, … Continue reading

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November 16, 1989 El Salvador Martyrs (6 jesuit faculty, a cook and her teenage daughter)

Friday, November 14, 2014 I’ve never posted after work on Friday before.  But, just before heading over to our Faculty Achievement Annual Dinner, I read this account from Mary Jo McConahay, a reporter who came very early to the Jesuit … Continue reading

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November 7 – Detroit Free press – John Monaghan – – Naomi Long Madgett, educator and Detroit poet laureate, dies at 97

November 9, 2020 One of Detroit’s great African American poets has passed.  Naomi Long Madgett stands with Dudley Randall as a founding spirit for this city and a host of companions.   I am honored to include her in the “Work Day, … Continue reading

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Nov 4 “The Poetry List’s 2013 Mission Statement”

Many members of the Work Day/Hard Times Poetry List have emailed this morning; they remind me, as do the 4 poems we’ve prepared for tonight’s class session (on the teachings of Catherine McAuley and St. Ignatius on prayer) – – … Continue reading

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Nov 3 – for angry moments in nervous times — David Whyte and Denise Levertov

November 3, Election Day 2020 – – for angry moments in nervous times About midnight last night, I opened my window to say goodnight to 6 Mile and Livernois, and the city. Astonishing. After some days of damp and pretty … Continue reading

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Monday, November 3 – “The Guest House” – Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (جلال‌الدین محمد رومی‎)

“The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.” One of my soul friends of many years emailed Rumi’s “Guest House” yesterday.   When readers send poems, they create a place of … Continue reading

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Oct 30 – “a subtle and recondite thought” Gerard Manley Hopkins sj 1887

Friday, October 30    “a billion times told lovelier” Autumn’s gusty winds;  Covid weariness across our land calling for courage and hope in the teeth of fear and anger as our national elections loom.   A good morning for story-telling and … Continue reading

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Oct 26 – An ancient prayer and a prayer written 3 or 4 days ago

The prayer below appears on the first day of January each year.  If I am not mistaken, it is the oldest prayer I ever recite, several thousand years deep in the liturgy that helps open the first day of each … Continue reading

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