Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Poetry

Cleansing of the Temple: A Poem

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Cleansing of the Temple: A Poem

Saturday November 9th Basilica of St. John Lateran (The Pope's Cathedral) in Rome Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Rome John 2:13-22 The temple was filled, With dirt and grime, Selling and cheating, Lying and crime. Zeal for the temple, Consumed Our Lord. Turning over tables, Many looked for the door. There is no escape, From the filth inside, Except by a scourging, Of our deepest pride. The temple, the body. The whip, confession. Read the Gospel closely, To understand this lesson. The body is the temple, Of the Holy Spirit, this is true. Christ...

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How to Change the World

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How to Change the World

Luke 13:18-21 The Kingdom of God, Starts very small, Like mustard seed or yeast. Yet when it grows, It changes all, The greatest from which was least. Our efforts seem, To no avail, Or seem to take too long. Yet when we see the good that's grown, Happily we are wrong. Your task it is, To sow the seed, To be tiny leaven, By action, deed, Prayer, and thoughts, Help others on to heaven. Be not discouraged by failure, Or slow imperceptible growth. It is the smallest act of love, That changes the world the most. Make money by sharing...

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The Eternal Shore

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The Eternal Shore

Luke 11:29-32 Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis have said, in so many words and in their own unique style, that the problem is not that God has not fully revealed himself to man but rather that He has revealed too much and it is too difficult for us to comprehend. It is difficult to understand how the Creator could be held by His creation. It is difficult to reckon how God could take on human suffering even until death, death on the cross. Is this God really all-powerful, all-knowing, all-everything as the catechisms tell us?...

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Lambs among Wolves: A Poem

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Lambs among Wolves: A Poem

October 3rd   Luke 10:1-12   From the dark the wolves do watch,As naked lambs travel to and fro,No bag, no cloak, no sandals,As to every town they go. Messengers of the One to come,To each house they bleat out peace,Announcing to all the Kingdom of God,And His eternal feast. To make such a feast the field must yield, Its bounty in due time,Laborers are few so pray the Lord,Send those to tend, to prune and vine. The bleating peace does go out,And often times returns,And those who accept that potent peace,Give the laborer what he deserves. Relying on the...

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Fire From Heaven: A Poem

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Fire From Heaven: A Poem

Tuesday October 1st St. Therese of the Child Jesus (St. Therese of Liseux) Luke 9:51-56 The hill of blood,The place of the skull,Doth beckon.Thy face is set,None can change,Thee with sin shall reckonReceive you not,Nor shall you pass,Through Gerizim gate.They turn thee away,And receive you not,For Jerusalem they hate.Thy men enraged,With unholy zeal,Set to command the fire.'Tis not Your will,You rule with love,And not the threat of pyre.Thy gentle tongue,Sets hearts aright,As further on you travel.Thy face is set,On the place of skulls,The grasp of sin to be unraveled. Author's Note:  I realize that not everyone appreciates poetry.  In speaking with...

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