Tag: education for justice

Mary Oliver’s Wisdom

Making the House Ready for the Lord By Mary Oliver Dear Lord, I have swept and I have washed but still nothing is as shining as it should be for you. Under the sink, for example, is an uproar of mice –it is the…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

Can there be anything more grand than the magnificent mountains?! And we are fortunate in California to have one of the grandest mountain ranges, the Sierra Nevadas. Its grandest and tallest peak is the tallest in the contiguous 48 states, Mt. Whitney, and it…

Advent Calendar

I remember the Advent Calendar of my childhood. Mother would pull it out of the box of decorations every year, and every day I would open a new window or door and see the delightful picture behind it. I don’t recall that it felt…

How Do We Prepare?

Advent 1955 By John Betjeman The Advent wind begins to stir With sea-like sounds in our Scotch fir, It’s dark at breakfast, dark at tea, And in between we only see Clouds hurrying across the sky And rain-wet roads the wind blows dry And…

I Await

“Expectans Expectavi”, by Anne Ridler The candid freezing season again: Candle and cracker, needles of fir and frost; Carols that through the night air pass, piercing The glassy husk of heart and heaven; Children’s faces white in the pane, bright in the tree-light. And…

Advent in the Air

This is but an excerpt from the Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem entitled, “The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air We Breathe”, found on the Education for Justice website. WILD air, world-mothering air, Nestling me everywhere, That each eyelash or hair Girdles; goes home betwixt…

Advent by Stephen Leake

Somewhere your star-struck choir sings As the evening unpeels our histories. The world is here again! I feel the breathing of yuletide fires, The ribboned refrains of seasoned candles And bars of voices beyond St. Stephen’s Wall. The robin appears in a globe of…

The Angel and The Girl Are Met

Today’s Advent poem from Education for Justice is by Edwin Muir. The angel and the girl are met Earth was the only meeting place. For the embodied never yet Travelled beyond the shore of space. The eternal spirits in freedom go. See, they have…

Ten Years Later

Today’s Easter Poem from Education for Justice is by David Whyte. Ten Years Later When the mind is clear and the surface of the now still, now swaying water slaps against the rolling kayak, I find myself near darkness, paddling again to yellow Island….

The Swan

Today’s poem from Education for Justice is by Mary Oliver. The Swan Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river? Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air – An armful of white blossoms, A perfect…