Category: Fiction, Poetry & Humor

A Spoken Word Poem by Fr. Pontifex
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A Spoken Word Poem by Fr. Pontifex

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Why I Love Religion, And Love Jesus

Poem: "Baby Bump? Blob?"
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Poem: “Baby Bump? Blob?”

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Baby Bump? Blob? The rulers have babies; The ruled, warts and blobs. Preborn ruler babies, ‘Til birth, sweet heartthrobs. The princess, with child; The peasants, cell masses. Children are frowned on For the low lower classes. Preborn white scion daughter, So good for the nation. Why not budding black blobs? Location, location, location. Anglo aristocrat […]

Awaiting Our Next George Washington
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Awaiting Our Next George Washington

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“Boy, here’s something we could use more of today: unity among the American people. Americans are so divided.” “Maybe so, but we’ve been divided worse before.” “We were?” “Watch the History Channel series ‘Sons of Liberty.’ It dramatizes the heated arguments that took place among Colonial leaders, who had a lot to lose by declaring […]

Poem: "I Thirst"
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Poem: “I Thirst”

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“I Thirst” Divine Mercy generates divine thirst. Divine Thirst generates human longing. Human Longing seeks the generator. Generator manifests as triunity. Holy Trinity is Love Longing Seeking Pursuing Love reveals Divine Mercy Love satiates Divine Thirst Love fulfills Human Longing Love generates Love. Love IS Thirsty Stacy Peterson

Poem: "Nomad at Night"
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Poem: “Nomad at Night”

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Nomad At Night Wind scorpions move safely under night’s cover A long life’s  journey erased on windswept dunes The nomad travels under the stars Following the rise of many moons Final morning brings the fruit of hardship’s travels Then the Nomad will lie down at the feet Of He who watches in the West Waving forward those He’s waited to meet Surrounded by banquets, with music and song! […]

Poem: "Lead, Kindly Light"
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Poem: “Lead, Kindly Light”

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Lead, Kindly Light Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom, Lead thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home,– Lead thou me on! Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see The distant scene,–one step enough for me. I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou Shouldst […]

Poem: "My Work"
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Poem: “My Work”

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My Work Knowing my routines as close neighbors do, They regard me with suspicion as I drive off to church- “It’s a weekday, for chrissakes!” They don’t know it is my job. My work to adore the sacristan’s bounty of a dark and empty church, to polish the holy vessels of the Precious Body and […]

Why Unemployed Men Don’t Do Housework
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Why Unemployed Men Don’t Do Housework

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Women have long been annoyed that they do more housework than men, as demonstrated by many studies, but now they are really steamed. Last December, The New York Times reported on a regrettable trend. The number of men between the ages of 25 and 54 who are unemployed is at all-time high: 16 of every […]

For Groundhog's Day -- An Interview with Punxsutawney Phil
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For Groundhog’s Day — An Interview with Punxsutawney Phil

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Every Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog, is pulled from a tree stump in Punxsutawney, PA. If he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, spring is just ahead. In a 2010 interview, I asked Phil about a request made by the People for the Ethical Treatment of […]

Poem: "A little Snow was Here and There"
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Poem: “A little Snow was Here and There”

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A little Snow was Here and There A little Snow was here and there Disseminated in her Hair — Since she and I had met and played Decade had gathered to Decade — But Time had added not obtained Impregnable the Rose For summer too indelible Too obdurate for Snows — Emily Dickinson

Poem: "Child of Mine"
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Poem: “Child of Mine”

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Child of Mine He needs you, needs you now; Son, he has no wine. He calls out now for you; Son, he too is a son of mine. She needs you, needs you now; Son, she has no wine. She calls out now for you; Son, she too is a daughter of mine. All these […]

Two by the Sea
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Two by the Sea

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I  Jenny would stretch out for hours on the sand, rolling back and forth to feel its course, graininess rub against her body. Although most people hate the sensation of the sand that sticks in their swimsuits and between their toes, she relished this feeling. The coarseness of the sand continued to remind her of […]

On Handwritten Letters
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On Handwritten Letters

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I received an unexpected postcard in the mail the other day from an old friend. It made my day. It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten a handwritten letter from a friend — it has to be 10 or 15 years. What’s worse, I can’t remember the last time I wrote one. The reasons […]

Poem: "Windowless Jail Cell"
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Poem: “Windowless Jail Cell”

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Windowless Jail Cell A little window from your room Let our letters be Because for a time Separated souls are we. Let our little lights shine The gay breezes of our day As leaves we rake send joy Along, along, along your way. Cherry grape tomatoes Still hang upon the vine Lingering memories of sweet […]

Poem: "The King's Chamber"
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Poem: “The King’s Chamber”

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The King’s Chamber The pyramid of Khufu The King’s Chamber The sarcophagus Then imagine No empty coffin But nuclear reaction Within those tons of stone Plutonium and cobalt Demons of the desert Then, five thousand years Times five thousand years In which to guard this stone-wrapped mummy O desert night Deserted burial And restless Pharaoh […]

A Slippery Slope
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A Slippery Slope

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Ah, winter has arrived in all its glory, which means one thing: more sledding bans! According to The Associated Press, Dubuque, Iowa, has banned sledding at 48 of its 50 municipal parks. The reason: costly lawsuits. In one case, a 5-year-old girl in Omaha, Neb., hit a tree while sledding and became paralyzed. In another […]

Poem: "Catholyric I Had a Dream Dedicated to Sr Marie Jude"
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Poem: “Catholyric I Had a Dream Dedicated to Sr Marie Jude”

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Poem: "Oculus"
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Poem: “Oculus”

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Oculus At the appointed hour, all other time becomes Not This. I am in the sanctuary and it is the hour of Adoration. All is dim shadow and stillness and quiet drapes around me like a monk’s cowl. A slender beam illuminates the monstrance And the Sacred Host- I swear it!- Pulses with shimmers of […]

Poem: "There's a Certain Slant of Light"
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Poem: “There’s a Certain Slant of Light”

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There’s a Certain Slant of Light There’s a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons – That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes – Heavenly Hurt, it gives us – We can find no scar, But internal difference – Where the Meanings, are – None may teach it – Any – ‘Tis the seal Despair […]

Poem: " Trouble, Disappointment and Grief"
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Poem: ” Trouble, Disappointment and Grief”

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 Trouble, Disappointment and Grief At a time in our lives When all should be well. There is trouble, disappointment and grief. How can this be so? Where is God? An often asked question, With no satisfactory answer. Some would offer,“Sacrifice is a blessing.” Others would suggest “God is too kind for that” Were I brilliant […]

Poem: "The Burning Babe"
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Poem: “The Burning Babe”

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The Burning Babe As I in hoary winter’s night stood shivering in the snow, Surpris’d I was with sudden heat which made my heart to glow; And lifting up a fearful eye to view what fire was near, A pretty Babe all burning bright did in the air appear; Who, scorched with excessive heat, such […]

Poem: "The Arrival"
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Poem: “The Arrival”

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The Arrival Arrival of what, perhaps you ask? What is so important, am I up for the task? There are presents to buy, wrap and give, I have a life and I’ve got it to live. It’s Christmas after all, what’s else matters, lights and trees, and gifts that flatter. What does it matter if […]

Praying for a White Christmas
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Praying for a White Christmas

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The snow started coming down hard a few hours after we’d arrived. It was Christmas Eve 1976. We were 20 miles from home, visiting my mother’s sister at her home in the country. Earlier that evening, my mother, father, grandmother and sisters had piled into the station wagon to begin our trek. I was 14 […]

Poem: "Be Ready for the Infant King"
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Poem: “Be Ready for the Infant King”

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Be Ready for the Infant King Who will come to the stable On Christmas Day? And what will they take away? Wise men, steadfast and earnest, came, Instead of palace music, They heard the donkey brae. A lowly sound and sight, Yet their wonder unallayed. Many come rejoicing, To behold the Newborn King, Bowing low, […]

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