St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
4:00 PM - Give me the courage to stand the pain to get the grace

Poem Title:  "Give me the courage to stand the pain to get the grace."
                       ( Flannery O'Connor, from her book, A Prayer Journal, c. 2013)

Ribbons flutter up and down,
   Bright and muted colors add their layers
      in service to my shrouded, crystal soul.

Dark winter clouds linger, long
   after we celebrate the season of light.
      Help me Lord, to withstand that piercing of dirty grey filament.

As I struggle to climb this mountain,
   Suffering the hurts, injustices, accidents,
      Which make up every human day here,

Help me to remember Your promise,
   Rising up from the still damp earth of a new day,
      "I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign..."

(Written on January 3, 2014 by Edward Huff)


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