Poetry’s Penetrating Power in Five Minutes with the Daily Poem Podcast

 ...I have had too much Of apple-picking: I am overtired Of the great harvest I myself desired. Poetry wounds and and poetry heals.  It lifts the spirit and breaks our hearts. Profound poets offer the gift of contemplation.  Transcendent truth slips into the soul through the simple, solid things poets hold before our eyes. Take … Continue reading Poetry’s Penetrating Power in Five Minutes with the Daily Poem Podcast

T.S. Eliot: There Is Not Enough Silence

T. S. Eliot, Ash Wednesday Lois Untermeyer, In Modern American Poetry, says "Ash Wednesday" is perhaps T. S. Eliot's most perfect poem.  It's perfect for beginning a season contemplating both speech and silence. Eliot is best known for "his brooding masterpiece" The Waste Land, the cryptic condemnation of desiccated, fruitless modernism. In this, Fr. George Rutler … Continue reading T.S. Eliot: There Is Not Enough Silence

Innocence: A Light and Sparkling Treasure

Innocence, the light and happy state of purity, beckons on days of winter wonder. We may bundle our bodies in fleece and down-filled polyester, but freshly fallen snow can expose the heart's longing to shed its weary weight. An inner stripping of pride and pretense allows the soul to open and delight in all small … Continue reading Innocence: A Light and Sparkling Treasure