Our readings for Sunday are here.
These are the poems, my notes, and interpretations of Fr Dennis’ homilies from the
- July 28, 2019 Mass
The poem Fr Dennis references in these years are:
- 2016 homily — Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins
In 2019, we reflected simply on —
- God’s goodness
- God’s gifts
- and God’s good gifts
which D2 thought expressed particularly well in Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ’s poem, Pied Beauty on this the 175th birthday of GMH!
For those who may be unfamiliar with GMH, he was a Jesuit priest, a convert to Catholicism. In this case, wiki pegs our attraction to his poetry:
His prosody – notably his concept of sprung rhythm – established him as an innovator, as did his praise of God through vivid use of imagery and nature.
The Poetry Foundation‘s description is really thorough.
And Natalie Merchant captures the mystery and enchantment of his Spring and Fall poem by setting it to music, in her album of children’s music.
This blog is brief, as I’m dashing out to my eight-day silent retreat (prayers appreciated!), but the readings and the poem capture it all.
In today’s (Monday’s) excerpt from Psalm 50, “[You who] offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me; …” Indeed, how absolutely wonderful, isn’t it?!? —
we can serve God with praise; praise of all that God gives, all that makes us alive, keeps us alive, and resurrects. Whatta God! 🙂
Playing fox kits seems ample praise today!