Memoir & Biography · Non-fiction · Poem of the Week

Understanding Hopkins

I recommend this relatively short read to not only any lover of Hopkins’ work, but anyone who wants to see Christ more clearly in the world around them as Hopkins did. I would not be surprised if he possessed this vision more clearly than anybody else in history.

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Christian Living · Non-fiction · Poem of the Week

A Tempest Threw a Rainbow In My Face…

We have spoken of art as a means to enrich the imagination as we turn towards God, allowing us to connect with him more honestly and with understanding. Religious poetry shapes us in this way also, if not even more directly. Hopkins, Donne, Dickinson, and many of the Romantics–who even without intension speak of God’s world as if stripping a veil–have been my gateway to a sacramental appreciation for life. I would like to think that spiritual sensitivity did not end with them.

Poem of the Week · Reflections

Sacramental Poetry

One of the joys of a sacramental view of the universe (recognizing that God has made Himself known to us through all of His creation) is how all the things that we take pleasure in suddenly have more meaning. Dancing, eating, painting, and even the enjoyment of poetry, becomes an act of worship as we use these activities as an opportunity to pay attention to what God has called “good”. Poetry, specifically, as I was recently reminded in Preston Yancey’s Out of the House of Bread, helps us to heighten our awareness so that we perceive what is glorious all around us, which in turn reveals Christ to us anew.

Poem of the Week · Reflections

Good Friday: Remembering

No matter what life issue seems most pressing, ominous, and overwhelming today (or even distractingly wonderful), Good Friday gifts to us remembrance. We remember that what is most real in our lives is not our transient struggles and stresses, but the unchanging reality of the Christ who came and “embraced me on the cross,” joining… Continue reading Good Friday: Remembering

Poem of the Week · Reflections

The Comfort of God’s Wrath

  In contemplating the relationship between two scripture passages suggested in Between Midnight and Dawn, I experienced the most surprising feeling: comfort in God’s wrath. Not comfort because His wrath will ¬†bring justice on evil, as the psalmist David often reflected, but comfort that this wrath may at some point be directed towards me. Bear… Continue reading The Comfort of God’s Wrath

Poem of the Week · Reflections

The Windhover

  Whenever I need to be reminded to be wide eyed and giddy about the marvelous creation all around me, I read Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889). An Oxford-educated British Victorian turned Jesuit priest, his poetic works were published posthumously ¬†influencing the greatest poets of the 20th century¬†(Brittanica). His writings are incredibly innovative, originating “sprung rhythm”… Continue reading The Windhover