Featured here are poems by several CUSANS from over the past almost seven decades,
Lord, may I walk behind You
on Your path
May I trust
You know the Way
May I remember
You are the Way
May I seek only
May the Truth startle me
to know it
May my life
be full of You
May I not seek, nor choose, nor live
any life but You
May I yearn only
for the Way, the Truth, the Life.
- Judith Catherine Choitz © 2006
Afterglow: To a young wife whose soldier husband has never seen their son.
A Bride, a Groom, a Wedding Ring;
And Marriage starts with God as King.
For they are blessed by Him above
When He is asked to share their love.
A Day, a Year, and Minutes fly
To shape one life while Time goes by.
And so, there is a broken heart
If two like these are forced to part.
A Note about a Baby’s Cry
Has brought them near since that good-bye,
Which quickly told the price of war
Before he left her at their door.
A Wedding, War, and Peace now too
Has made me with the Best for you.
That’s why I hope you’ll live in joy
When God brings George to meet his boy.
Grace O'Brien (September 4, 1945)
You Fulfill Our Dreams
God help me, Jesus.
I’m so lonely, Jesus.
Living here below.
But, I do know,
the Holy Spirit does come, each day
And dries my childlike sins away.
I love Jesus so very much,
Especially when I'm a spiritual crutch.
Oh . . . Lord, my God,
Who created me from the sod;
It is You and only You that I must please,
As I bend down to my knees.
No matter how dreadful life seems,
You fulfill all our urgent dreams.
Rosemary Robinson (September 14, 1913)
God's Love is Ever Present
God's Love is ever present;
He knows our every need . . . desire.
He knows how to inspire us,
To bring us peace and tranquility.
It might be through . . . the sunrise,
The sound of a babbling brook,
The quietness of our favorite chapel
Or the comforting words of a friend.
Yes, God's love is ever present;
His ways are subtle and gentle . . .
Mysterious and sublime.
His love is infinitely embracing.
- Stephen Mickey
Oh! The Power of a Well-timed Word!
Oh! the power of a well-timed word. . .
touched and anointed by the Spirit of God. . .
it has power to pierce through clouds of despair. . .
giving rise to NEW HOPE and strength to go on.
Lord, don't let my words be meaningless or shallow. . .
or words that discourage or kill the human spirit. . .
but words that upbuild, encourage, and bless. . .
well-timed, sensitive, and Spirit-anointed words.
So attune me to You, so that I will speak. . . not only
the right words . . . but also at the RIGHT time. . .
because even right words, spoken at the wrong time. . .
can be detrimental, causing more harm than good.
OH! LORD WAKEN ME MORNING BY MORNING. . .
WAKEN MY EAR TO LISTEN TO YOUR VOICE. . .
AND GIVE ME . . . AN INSTRUCTED TONGUE. . .
TO SPEAK A WORD . . . IN SEASON . . . TO HIM THAT IS WEARY!
(Isaiah 50:4 paraphrased)
- Susie Joy Mast, November 5, 1989 (Isaiah 50:4 paraphrased)
St Cecilia, patron of poetry