Light – Dappled with Shadow

We thank Thee for our little light, that is dappled with shadow.

– T. S. Eliot, “Two Choruses from ‘The Rock,’” The Waste Land and Other Poems

“For Dappled Things” by Sister Adele Rowland, OP

Starting on January 12, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an online series on the poetry of T.S. Eliot with Kayleen Asbo. To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

We Thank Thee for Light

We thank Thee for the lights that we have kindled,
The light of altar and of sanctuary;
Small lights of those who meditate at midnight
And lights directed through the coloured pans of windows
And light reflected from the polished stone,
The gilded carven wood, the coloured fresco.|
Our gaze is submarine, our eyes look upward
And see the light that fractures through unquiet water.
We see the light but see not whence it comes.|
O Light invisible, we glorify Thee!

– T. S. Eliot, “Two Choruses from ‘The Rock,’” The Waste Land and Other Poems

Altar at Santa Sabina Center

Starting on January 12, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an online series on the poetry of T.S. Eliot with Kayleen Asbo. To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-pag

O Light Invisible

O Light Invisible, we praise Thee!
Too bright for mortal vision.
O Greater Light, we praise Thee for the less;
The eastern light our spires touch at morning,
The light that slants upon our western doors at evening,
The twilight over stagnant pools at batflight,
Moon light and start light, owl and moth light,
Glow-worm glowlight on a grassblade.
O Light Invisible, we worship Thee!

– T. S. Eliot, “Two Choruses from ‘The Rock,’” The Waste Land and Other Poems

Starting on January 12, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an online series on the poetry of T.S. Eliot with Kayleen Asbo. To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

Grateful for the Light We Have

Seek not to count the future waves of Time;
But be ye satisfied that you have light
Enough to take your step and find your foothold,

– T. S. Eliot, “Two Choruses from ‘The Rock,’” The Waste Land and Other Poems

Starting on January 12, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an online series on the poetry of T.S. Eliot with Kayleen Asbo. To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

Spirit of Fountain and Garden

Blessed sister, holy mother, spirit of the fountain, spirit of the garden,
Suffer us not to mock ourselves with falsehood
Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still
Even among these rocks
Our peace in His will

– T. S. Eliot, “Ash Wednesday,” The Waste Land and Other Poems

Starting on January 12, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an online series on the poetry of T.S. Eliot with Kayleen Asbo. To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-pag

Renewal by Quail and Plover

The cry of quail and the whirling plover
And the blind eye creates 
The empty forms between the ivory gates
And smell renews the salt savour of the sandy earth

– T. S. Eliot, “Ash Wednesday,” The Waste Land and Other Poems

Starting on January 12, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an online series on the poetry of T.S. Eliot with Kayleen Asbo. To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-pag

Redeem the Time

But the fountain sprang up and the bird sang down
Redeem the time, redeem the dream
The token of the word unheard, unspoken.

– T. S. Eliot, “Ash Wednesday,” The Waste Land and Other Poems

Starting on January 12, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an online series on the poetry of T.S. Eliot with Kayleen Asbo. To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

The Single Rose

The single Rose
Is now the Garden
Where all loves end

– T. S. Eliot, “Ash Wednesday,” The Waste Land and Other Poems

Starting on January 12, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an online series on the poetry of T.S. Eliot with Kayleen Asbo. To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

It Is Always Worth While

Would it have been worth while,
After the sunsets and the dooryards and the sprinkled streets,
After the novels, after the teacups, after the skirts that trail along the floor – 
And this, and so much more? – 
It is impossible to say just what I mean!

– T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land and Other Poems

Starting on January 12, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an online series on the poetry of T.S. Eliot with Kayleen Asbo. To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

Hope Calls for Action

Hope just means another world might be possible, not promised, not guaranteed. Hope calls for action; action is impossible without hope.

– Rebecca Solnit

Starting on January 12, 2021, Santa Sabina Center’s will offer an online series on the poetry of T.S. Eliot with Kayleen Asbo. To learn more and/or register forour online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page