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Dabbling in poetry, inspired by the greats

Recently as a homeschool project, our family created a Famous Artists Jar. We pick a new famous artist each week, from our pool of Visual Artists, Musicians, Poets, and Writers.  The kids take turns and love discovering someone new, foreign, or familiar each week in greater depth.  We take to the local library each week to peruse, discover, and ingest further our learnings and our research. We check out many books which may help us to better understand the artist under intense scrutiny. :).  (haha). ūüėÜ

Inspired by my own children's curiosity, I took to writing some poems, inspired by some of the greats. Although short and heavily inspired by outside source material, I have attempted to express my thoughts and espouse my opinions with as much care as I have had time to give each piece of writing.  And so without further ado, here are some poems I wrote over the past few weeks.


(inspired by Robert Frost)

My time is fleeting here on earth
This moment masked by this amount of mirth

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Foreign Policy at Home

Deathbed Forgiveness? (OGW, 054, Psalm 81)

What happens if someone, on their deathbed, asks for forgiveness for a lifetime of sin?
What if they have been living without paying any attention to God?
Should they be forgiven?
In today’s podcast I reflect on Psalm 81 to answer those questions and to raise a few more . . .
Are you burdened by past sins?
Do you think whatever you have done is unforgivable?
When we put all of this together, we see that God in his great wisdom has anticipated these questions, and our needs, and readily supplies us with good news.
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Have a blessed day in God’s Word.
Janet Cassidy

'Being just what God wants us to be.' Sunday Reflections, 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Christ as Saviour El Greco [Web Gallery of Art]
Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA)
Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)
GospelMatthew 5:38-48 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Jesus said to his disciples:

‘You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you. ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun …

When you stop falling you will be in heaven

Some weeks ago I went to a special Mass  prepared by a group of  laypeople to ask for God’s mercy on them and on their families as part of their preparation for Lent . The readings, the psalms and the prayers had all been chosen to echo the overall theme of asking God to give his loving mercy to all those present and to the whole world that would be lost without it. read on...

Jesus Asks: Do You See Anything?

In today’s Gospel reading, we learn of Jesus’ healing of a blind man. As Jesus cures the man, He asks him, “Do you see anything?” (Mark 8:23). The man’s sight begins to clear, but not completely. Jesus lays His hands on the man to complete the process. How often in our lives have we seen gradual healing, like this blind man? Do You See Anything? Last fall, while I recuperated from my ankle fusion, at first, all I saw was lots of recuperation time ahead (four months). But, as time progressed, I began to see the healing aspects take place. God sent people to me who shared their love with me (friends, neighbors, and family). That outpouring of love did something good for my heart. Then, God sent my priest to my home, near Christmas, to hear my confession (Since I couldn’t stand in line on any given Saturday, he came to me). That healed my soul. My Pastor’s actions touched me greatly, knowing how busy priests are at Christmastime. And all the while, throughout the entire four-month proces…

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