October 22, 2020

Pic & Poem of the Week: June 5, 2016

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Pic & Poem of the Week
June 5, 2016

For your pleasure and contemplation, I am posting an original photograph and a corresponding poem each week on Sundays. May these offerings help lead us to a deeper place of rest on the Lord’s Day.

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As Kingfishers Catch Fire

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves—goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying What I do is me: for that I came.

I say more: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is—
Christ. For Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.

by Gerard Manley Hopkins


  1. Christiane says

    ” the just man justices;
    Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces;
    Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is—
    Christ ”


    And the other side of this coin is that in turn, Our Lord reveals to mankind the image of what a human being was truly created to be, as Adam was before sin came into the world.
    “The essence of the New Covenant consists in the fact that the Son of God, who is of one substance with the eternal Father, becomes man: He takes humanity into the unity of the divine Person of the Word. The One who accomplishes the Redemption is also a true man. The mystery of the world’s Redemption presupposes that God the Son assumed humanity as the inheritance of Adam, becoming like him and like every man in all things, “yet without sinning” (Heb 4:15). In this way He (Christ) “fully reveals man to himself and makes man’s supreme calling clear”,….. In a certain sense, he has helped man to discover “who he is” (John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem)

  2. Robert F says

    Wispy fog rising
    from its banks, the shrouded creek
    gives back no image —

  3. Robert F says

    Yes, every human carries and reflects the image of Christ; and yet, there is an obscurity in every human being, an unknowness even in oneself, that perhaps reflects the obscurity in the depths of God.

  4. Who is this guy, Hopkins, rose up out of nowhere, a hundred years before his time, Tesla-like, set the bar up, not an inch or two, but several feet, jumped over it repeatedly for the fun of it, then disappeared with barely a ripple. Who can follow that act? Dylan Thomas gave it his best shot, our own Dylan echoed echoes, and Robert F tosses pebbles into the pond. Sure do like these new Sunday sessions.

    This morning I experienced an officiant at St. Mary’s Episcopal who understood that the liturgy is alive and full of meaning. An old guy, like me, he probably has spoken the words a thousand times, maybe two or more, and yet it was like the first time they had ever been spoken, both for him and me.

    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all./And also with you. “Thank you,” he said. I never heard anyone say that before. This guy understands what a blessing is. He understood what communion is and gave it to each in turn, full of resurrection life. Amazing. I ordinarily only go to the 9:00 Sunday service once a month when they have a spoken service without music. He’s scheduled next week too, a temporary fill in, and I’m thinking of struggling up at that ungodly hour, driving twenty miles again to catch him while I can, even if I have to pay the price of hymns.

  5. I see this quote today attributed to Ali but don’t know if it was original with him. I like it.

    “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
    — Muhammad Ali