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I have a June 15 deadline to submit to the contest I want to enter. So I’m busy working on my book – ordering and re-ordering poems, taking poems out, putting poems in, revising. Thanks to Valerie MacEwan’s suggestions, I have some idea where I’m going.

The title started out as Windows Toward the World. It’s changed several times. I’ll let you know what it is, when I’m sure. That’ll be on June 14 1/2. 🙂

“The center of Christian humanism is the idea that God is love, not infinite power.”

Thomas Merton. Love and Living. Naomi Burton Stone and Brother Patrick Hart, editors. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1979: 149.

Jesus, the Blessed One, is poor. The poverty of Jesus is much more than an economic or social poverty. Jesus is poor because he freely chose powerlessness over power, vulnerability over defensiveness, dependency over self-sufficiency. As the great “Song of Christ” so beautifully expresses: “He … did not count equality with God something to be grasped. But he emptied himself, … becoming as human beings are” (Philippians 2:6-7). This is the poverty of spirit that Jesus chose to live.

Jesus calls us who are blessed as he is to live our lives with that same poverty.