Can You Make A Prairie?

Emily Dickinson could say it with a few words and rhythm. Memorize this poem and say it to yourself at odd times, when you have a break in the action. It may induce revery. Or a prairie. Or… To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee. AndContinue reading “Can You Make A Prairie?”

Follow the Cat

Take a hint from your cat about enjoying summer. Sleep. Sit. Enjoy. Repeat. Happy Fourth of July. Looking for summer reading material? Visit and check out our book selection.

The Summer Day

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean– the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth insteadContinue reading “The Summer Day”

Poem of the Week

  St. Francis of Assisi is loved by Catholic and non-Catholics. Environmentalists claim him as their patron saint. Jorge Bergoglio added Francis to the list of papal names. Poet Galway Kinnell, a son of Ireland, finds Francis blessing a sow in the hog pen. Enjoy Kinnell’s poem. Find what makes Francis tick, and can inspireContinue reading “Poem of the Week”

Poem of the Week

One Today Richard Blanco read his poem “One Today” for President Obama’s second inauguaration. He pictured one day across America. These are the final two stanzas. You can find the whole poem here. One sky, toward which we sometimes lift our eyes tired from work: some days guessing at the weather of our lives, someContinue reading “Poem of the Week”

Poem of the week

Visiting Iowa Sister Therese is from a small Iowa town just east of Dubuque. When Therese and Joan visited there, they hiked out to the north branch of the Maquoketa River and looked for wildflowers along the way. Joan wrote this poem:   The Maquoketa wanders still among bluffs it long ago wore away muddyContinue reading “Poem of the week”

Poem of the week

Each week this summer we are posting a poem on Keeping Faith Today — Sister Joan’s blog. This week’s poem is by Sister Alice Smith, CSJ, who taught Joan all she knows about writing. Thank you, Sister Alice! Happy Memorial Day weekend to all of you. Mary of Nazareth
 Mary Queen of Heaven is aContinue reading “Poem of the week”