Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Seeing the Tapestry at Angers for a second time


 
On seeing the Peaceful face of God and the Sleep of the Just
In the Tapestry of the Apocalypse at the Castle of Angers
 
Was weighed down,
Weary, with worldly woe
When wondrous
Warp and weft
Won me.
 
Oh to sleep so,
Sweetest, sainted
Sleep!
 
Then to awake in
Soaring, searing sunlight
Of pure, perfected love.
 
Golden Jerusalem!
 
With the love of friends
All around,
And beautiful,
Beloved
Lord Christ
Woven into
Everything,
And forever
Before my eyes,
Blessing me
In bliss.
 
March 2014 

Springtime hope












Silent no more in yet naked boughs
Perch pigeons, courting; while starlings, swifts
Rival rooks and crows
In skilful springtime song:
Not stinting in their lilting, warbling, chirping.
Gone the cold cruelty of dark days,
The silent brooding,
Interminable rain, thick clouds that
Mar sight of future joys. But now, at last,
Eternal summer is promised by the shout of yellow daffodils.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Beauty and the Beast: A tale for St Stephen's Day

Happy St Stephen's Day. This painting is from the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. Beautiful. Notice the two men in pink: one is a typical bad guy, the other of divine beauty; almost like St Stephen's diabolical twin. The beautiful killer also looks calm and reflective, whilst the other killer guy looks crazed. Which just goes to show that mobs can be dangerous, but also that a beautiful, intelligent and reflective young man is equally capable of martyrdom and murder, with full knowledge and full consent. Something that teachers keep noticing ... The mystery of free will ...
 
There is also a kind of resignation on the faces of the main killer, the beturbaned grandee and, of course, the Saint, who can see Christ in glory. So many things to think about.
 

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Perseverance

I do not ask to see the distant scene;
My steps, like streams, or tears unthinking flow
Towards far off, believed-in pastures green
Yet God above hath sent good friends below.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Young knights in shining armour


Help our young Catholic knights in their crusade for the knightly virtues!