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Sun, 01 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400“Virtue! a fig! ’tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners.”
Tue, 01 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500“The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.”
]]>The Joke around the Water Cooler and Other Dilemmashttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2015/12/the-joke-around-the-water-cooler-and-other-dilemmas
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500Let us nail ourselves to him, resisting the temptation to stand apart or to join others in mocking him.” —Pope Benedict XVI
]]>Lower Higher Edhttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2015/08/lower-higher-ed
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Here
gums up in the mouth,
won’t spit itself out
with every easy expletive,
leaving the discussion free
]]>The Episcopal Priest Cleans Out His Officehttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2005/01/the-episcopal-priest-cleans-out-his-office
Sat, 01 Jan 2005 00:00:00 -0500 After the years of tear-drying and tissue-passing,
the closed-door conferences above reproach
and beyond remembrance, he packs files of sermons,
reread books, thank-you notes and complaints,
receipts from now-broken air conditioners
that cant cool this fear
that swirls up the unexpected
dust of the lives
he thought he saved. They dont want him here,
near the new.
]]>All Saints’ Dayhttps://www.firstthings.com/article/1998/11/002-all-saints-day
Sun, 01 Nov 1998 00:00:00 -0500Waiting behind burned-out jack-o’-lanterns for day to come,
the saints clap their stigmata hands.
They are the sun’s halo, shimmering the November air
with celestial simplicity; the sky, their dried blood.
By the time we wake on All Hallows,
]]>All Souls’ Dayhttps://www.firstthings.com/article/1998/11/004-all-souls-day
Sun, 01 Nov 1998 00:00:00 -0500We stack the dead
names of the faithful
high in the incensed air,
light prayers beneath them
till the altar burns with words.
The nave knows their smoke,
remembers our memories of them.
The chancel recants our absence
from their lives until we live
again in the space at the rail
beside them, these saints
unSainted, the faint flames
of our unmartyred selves
riding their iridescent fires.
]]> Monthly Communionhttps://www.firstthings.com/article/1998/10/002-monthly-communion
Thu, 01 Oct 1998 00:00:00 -0400
At church, the man touches his lover’s