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Veritatis Splendor

"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2

Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005

Friday, August 20, 2004

Poem - "Kiss of Christ"

Caryll Houselander's "Kiss of Christ" is one of my favorite poems. I have never been able to find it in its original publication, or even attributed to her in print, but a knowledgable friend insists that he learned it in college and that she was the author...

There he hangs — pale figure pinned against the wood.
God grant that I could love Him as I really know I should.

I draw a little closer to share that love Divine
And almost hear Him whisper, "Ah foolish child of Mine!

If I should now embrace you,
My hands would stain you red.
And if I leaned to whisper,
the thorns would pierce your head."

And then I knew in silence that love demands a price
'twas then I learned that suffering is but the kiss of Christ.

— Caryll Houselander


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loooooooooooooooooooove that poem! It is so beautiful!

June 18, 2009 3:03 PM  

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