Monasteries of the Heart

Poetry Lectio

Preface, Leaves of Grass

This is what you should do:
Love the earth and sun and animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants,
Argue not concerning God,
Have patience and indulgence toward the people...
Reexamine all you have been told in school or church or in any book,
Dismiss what insults your very soul,
And your flesh shall become a great poem.

~ Walt Whitman ~
(Excerpt from Preface, Leaves of Grass

July 6, 2012

Pray this Poem

Read the poem, aloud if possible.

Think about this question: Are the images or metaphors relevant to your daily life?

Invite the Holy Spirit into your heart.

Sit with the poem for 10 or 15 minutes.

Respond in some way: drawing, writing, silence.
            

Arleen Hynes "Poetry and Prayer" in Praying magazine, June 1, 1999

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