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Dauntless

This morning, sunshine
beams un-self-consciously
crashing violently against darkness

Springtime
does not mean any offense,
did not intend to
interrupt despair
contradict anxiety.
Audacious.
She cannot help herself.

Springtime
expands and
protrudes and
infiltrates
where she has not been invited
with light and
color and
sound.

Like a child too eager to realize she’s shrieking
Springtime declares herself
railroading over misery
interrupting us;
we,
who cannot find a way out of death.

This morning, hope
always just out of view
bombards me violently.

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Courage

Courage
        whispered the autumn leaf
    He,
       born of spring’s budding hope
       commissioned for summer’s verdancy
       yet most glorious in decline
Courage
         urged the autumn leaf
  As he,
        in trust and gratitude
        released his hold once, and for all
        surrendered into the wind
               and fell

(From the Orthodox Church Funeral Service): 
“The event of death is probably the greatest spiritual, intellectual, and emotional challenge which a person must face in his earthly existence. But the Christian should be prepared to face all the events of life with unflinching courage. These inescapably include the sorrowful reality of death.”

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My aim is to awaken myself and others to the creative, redemptive work of God in this present moment. I am striving to see beauty, learning to expand my perspective, praying to keep my eyes and heart open.

Connect with Catherine at www.catherinemcniel.com.

 


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