We see pain, sorrow, anxiety and death globally and in our neighborhoods, causing us to re-examine our way of living, our connection with others and our plans for the future. One could easily fall into depression and self-centeredness at such a time. Sometimes a favorite writer can stir new thinking which lifts us, even momentarily, into a calmness. Gerard Manley Hopkins has a beautiful poem which expresses a deep faith in God’s loving presence. Entitled “God’s Grandeur,” it begins: “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.” Not easy to believe in these troubled times. But despite trial and toil, disease and death, Hopkins believes in God’s loving care. His faith is a lifeline, carrying him through a darkened world. He ends his poem: “…the Holy Ghost over the bent world broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.” We believe.
by Carol Berg, OSB