New life has returned,

Then after a day’s sunshine,

Makes one realise,

Then on deeper reflection,

May we find the illumination of truth and light on our path!


The Growth of Spring!

3 thoughts on “The Growth of Spring!

  1. Dear Fr. Pat, I do not know if this site is secure, but I have been preoccupied with Roberta’s illness and only recently had an opportunity to read your book which seemed to indicate that you have experienced a recent setback re health. When my daughter told me she did not receive a reply, I realized that is not like you. I am hoping that this E-mail will give me some clarification. Love, your cousin, Jim Nash >


  2. In the north country now it is spring and there 
Is a certain celebration. The thrush 
Has come home. He is shy and likes the 
Evening best, also the hour just before 
Morning; in that blue and gritty light he 
Climbs to his branch, or smoothly 
Sails there. It is okay to know only 
One song if it is this one. Hear it 
Rise and fall; the very elements of you should 
Shiver nicely. What would spring be 
Without it? Mostly frogs. But don’t worry, he
    Arrives, year after year, humble and obedient 
And gorgeous. You listen and you know 
You could live a better life than you do, be 
Softer, kinder. And maybe this year you will 
Be able to do it. Hear how his voice 
Rises and falls. There is no way to be 
Sufficiently grateful for the gifts we are 
Given, no way to speak the Lord’s name 
Often enough, though we do try, and
    Especially now, as that dappled breast 
Breathes in the pines and heaven’s 
Windows in the north country, 
Now spring has come, 
Are opened wide.
    Mary Oliver

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