Crowd my eyes, you bevies of daffodils,
And you forsythias in throngs of cheer,
Dandelion galaxies and fountains of trees.
Fill my mouth with the breath of hyacinths, you purple air
And you roistering breeze.
And you quince-buds so eager, you swelling seeds,
You squirrels running stitches across the loom
Of woven grasses, inflorescent weeds;
Jasmine-bush, loop me with your lariats of perfume.
Fill me, small birds, with your versicles,
And chuckled replies.
She is bleeding from the mouth and eyes.
Sate me then, Sun, all dapple and spangle
Crowd out all else
Lade me and load me, you skies
With blessings of warmth and breath
Let me see nothing else
But everything springing and skyey.
From the mouth and eyes.
. . . . . . . . .
for Terri Schindler Schiavo
by Juli Loesch Wiley
Fr. Eutenaur and Fr. Pavone were there and also the Fr. of St. Pat's. The pew we were in had no pew in front of us. So, I went to the pew in front of a walkway to get a hymnal. My timing was off as this was when the Priests were moving from the left to begin the Mass. I didn't even have time to turn around to get bk to my seat so I walked backwards really fast. The Priests noticed my urgency to get out of their path. I felt like Lucille Ball for a few seconds there.
Fr. Pavone points out that it's still Easter season and he talked about The Resurrection. Terri's Mass was another respectful, loving tribute and the homily was: WHO WILL ROLL AWAY THE STONE? Fr. Pavone said everyone the world over was trying to help Terri and it wasn't because she was just one person. It was because she was all of us. The gathering in attendance as Fr. Pavone pointed out represented millions of people who were called to do something to help Terri. I thought of all the freepers and their continuing message that euthanasia is worse than wrong. It is evil. Fr. Pavone also mentioned that the pro-life movement since Terri's Fight has grown. The message is the same. Life is precious and every life has value. (paraphrasing).
THE CAT CAME BACK... Terri loved cats
A cat that hangs around St. Pat's showed up for the Mass. St. Pat's Fr picked him up and carried him outside. This handsome gray Russian cat came back to sit and look up at Fr. Pavone right before the Homily. Fr. Pavone asked the cat if he wanted to deliver the Homily. At this time a youth came to the podium, picked up Louis and carried him out. Louis added familiarity and charm to the Mass.
We gathered outside after Terri's Mass (same date as the Feast of the Enunciation) and took turns visiting with folks and petting Louis who needs a good home. He's satisfied with St. Pat's however, Louis is disruptive on Sunday mornings to say the least but his attendance is excellent... FV
That brings tears to my eyes. Of course, I know and love the heart of the one who penned them.