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Please pray for Senator Edward Kennedy, Democrat from Massachusetts, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Praying for Kennedy has nothing to do with who you will vote for as our next president.

All three presidential candidates – Obama, Clinton, and McCain – have expressed their respect for the work of Kennedy, who became a senator at the age of 30 and has worked on most major legislation since that time.

Poetry isn’t a form of thinking. It’s a form of being. Or becoming. No language is pure thought. Neither is any person. A poem’s a creation as surely as a person. Only poets create poems, and God creates people.

Part of a discussion on Lutheran Surrealsim where Kirby Olson is always up to something.

It seems as though it’s always dark,
the Promised Land’s in the smoky air,
someone’s crying.

Small embers hide
under fallen leaves,

yet a Pillar of Fire burns like
God’s voice at midnight—
with the Dream still misunderstood.

first published in Domicile under a different title

Jesus was truly free. His freedom was rooted in his spiritual awareness that he was the Beloved Child of God. He knew in the depth of his being that he belonged to God before he was born, that he was sent into the world to proclaim God’s love, and that he would return to God after his mission was fulfilled. This knowledge gave him the freedom to speak and act without having to please the world and the power to respond to people’s pains with the healing love of God.

That’s why the Gospels say: “Everyone in the crowd was trying to touch him because power came out of him that cured them all” (Luke 6:19).

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

You have a sunny disposition and are normally one of the first to show up for the party. You don’t need too much attention from the host once you get there as you are more than capable of making yourself seen and heard.

Hat tip: Miss Lionheart

“There remains a profound wisdom in the traditional Christian approach to the world as to an object of choice. But we have to admit that the habitual and mechanical compulsions of a certain limited type of Christian thought have falsified the true value- perspective in which the world can be discovered and chosen as it is. To treat the world merely as an agglomeration of material goods and objects outside ourselves, and to reject these goods and objects in order to seek others which are “interior” and “spiritual” is in fact to miss the whole point of the challenging confrontation of the world and Christ. Do we really choose between the world and Christ as between two conflicting realities absolutely opposed? Or do we choose Christ by choosing the world as it really is in him, that is to say created and redeemed by him, and encountered in the ground of our own personal freedom and of our love?

The world cannot be a problem to anyone who sees that ultimately Christ, the world, his sister, his brother, and his own inmost ground are made one and the same in grace and redemptive love. If all the current talk about the world helps people to discover this, then it is fine. But if it produces nothing but a whole new divisive gamut of obligatory positions and “contemporary answers,” we might as well forget it.”

Thomas Merton. Contemplation in A World of Action (New York: Doubleday & Company, 1973: 170-171.

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up, 1945

My poem, “Needed in Train, Song, and Light,” dedicated to Lithuanian artist Tomas Karkalas, is in the May issue of The Centrifugal Eye.

Many thanks to editors Eve Anthony Hanninen and John Thomas Clark

Political Picture - Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton