Haiku: The Light

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Even unto the
end of the world – corruption
can’t obscure the light

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Poem: Ether

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Our Father lives in the charged ether,
above and all around us
in splendid symmetry,
the source of life and love and healing.
The fabulous towers, the spires
and flowering tracery of organic design,
were all conceived and built by better men than us
in an age of gold.
These, the natural avenues of life
in which our ancestors sat, goodness drawn down
into those cleansing naves
where the deep organ soothed,
where we took the true medicine, giving thanks,
not to some mystery or intangible presence,
but the reality of His environment, His conduit,
His soft conversation with us
which we have – nearly all of us –
forgotten, our memory blighted, expunged,
erased, while we plod obliviously
around the stark bare stones and ruined choirs
in awe of a shell, without ever seeing the whole,
the rich truth of the past
and future’s promise
in this penurious present.

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‘not every angel is terrible’ Gwyn Davy

Two lonely people with differing backgrounds find themselves crossing paths while living in the beautiful city of Prague. They soon discover, however, that they have a shared love of history, and also come to appreciate each other’s love of the works of Rainer Maria Rilke and Matsuo Basho. Fifty-something Englishman Edward Stone is divorced and semi-retired, a man with his own mind who is an enthusiastic blogger and walker. Thirty-something Brita Kraus has never married, and whilst she enjoys her independence, also feels there is something greatly missing from her life, the result of a family tragedy which she dare not divulge to anyone – until now.

Lenten Preparation Novena to the HOLY FACE of JESUS – Day Three (Reblog)

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Thought for the Day – 17 February – The Will — AnaStpaul (Reblog)

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Thought for the Day – 15 February – The Order of the Day — AnaStpaul (Reblog)

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Thought for the Day – 14 February – The Early Hours of the Day — AnaStpaul (Reblog)

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Thought for the Day – 9 February – The Use of Creatures — AnaStpaul (Reblog)

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Thought for the Day – 5 February – IDLENESS — AnaStpaul (Reblog)

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Thought for the Day – 4 February – Ora et labora” – Work and Sanctity — AnaStpaul (Reblog)

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