Thursday, July 13, 2017

Praying with Poetry

The Chapel at DePaul House, Menands New York

I am presently leading a guided retreat with some of our sisters here.

Here's one of the poems we are praying with:

Radical Hospitality


This being human is a guest house.

Every morning is a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

[S]he may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.




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