Category Archives: Poetry

“Jesus of the Scars” by Edward Shillito

I was unable to confirm whether Edward Shillito (1872-1948) was actually a soldier during World War I or only writing from the perspective of one. In any case, he lived during the horrors of the Great War and published this … Continue reading

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A few lines on faith

“Nothing before, nothing behind; The steps of Faith Fall on the seeming void, and find The rock beneath.” —excerpt from “My Soul and I” by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-92)

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God Is

“He is a path, if any be misled; He is a robe, if any naked be; If any chance to hunger, He is bread; If any be a bondman, He is free; If any be but weak, how strong is … Continue reading

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“Fierce was the wild billow”: An Eastern Orthodox hymn

This hymn, originally written in Greek, is ascribed to Anatolius of the seventh century. The following is an English translation by John Mason Neale from 1862. Fierce was the wild billow, Dark was the night; Oars labored heavily, Foam glimmered … Continue reading

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“O filigree petal!”

Boston has seen quite a bit of snow this winter. My husband and I marvel at how the snowflakes here, more often than not, are actually star-shaped, like you see in cartoons or on elementary-school art walls. Here’s a photo … Continue reading

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Christmas and Easter Totem Poles by David K. Fison

This is part 3 of a series on Christian art of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Read part 1 here. “In the absence of a written language, the Indians of the Northwest had preserved their stories and events carved from cedar … Continue reading

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“Good Friday” by Christina Rossetti (1896)

“Am I a stone, and not a sheep, That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy cross, To number drop by drop Thy blood’s slow loss, And yet not weep? Not so those women loved Who with exceeding grief lamented … Continue reading

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“These Things Did Thomas Count as Real” by Thomas H. Troeger (1983)

“These things did Thomas count as real: The warmth of blood, the chill of steel, The grain of wood, the heft of stone, The last frail twitch of flesh and bone. The vision of his skeptic mind Was keen enough … Continue reading

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“On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity”: Final Thoughts

This is the seventh and final part of a series on John Milton’s poem “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity.” Read part 1 here. Read the complete poem here. I hope you enjoyed delving into this poem of Milton’s. I … Continue reading

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“On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity”: Stanzas 19-27

This is part 6 of a series on John Milton’s poem “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity.” Read part 1 here. Read the complete poem here. The emphasis in stanza 25 is mine. XIX. The Oracles are dumb; No voice … Continue reading

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