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Make Gentle Our Bruised World

"We are simply asked
to make gentle our bruised world
to tame its savageness
to be compassionate of all
(including ourselves)
in the time left over
to repeat the Ancient Tale
and go the way 
of God's foolish ones."
                                                                       -- Peter Byrne, S.J.

That prayer/poem was first shared with over 20 years ago. 

About five years ago -- shortly before accepting the call to become Rector of The Falls Church -- I asked Mary, as my birthday present, to splurge on commissioning calligrapher  Michael Podesta to write the prayer/poem as something I could frame: 

Like I said: I've loved this prayer-poem for over two decades.

But mindful of Tuesday's election results and their aftermath, and because the truths of this prayer-poem tie so nicely with the season of Advent, I'm going to be offering a four-session Adult Forum series on it.*

I'd love to consider together questions such as:  

  • What does it mean -- for an individual Christian and for a faith community -- to make gentle a bruised world, and to tame its savageness? 
  • What does it mean -- for an individual Christian and a faith community -- to be compassionate of all? 
  • What good does it do to repeat the Ancient Tale of God-with-us, Immanuel, God-taking-flesh that first Christmas? What's it mean to be one of God's "foolish ones"? 

*Adult Forum at the Falls Church meets Sunday mornings (10:20 to 11:00 am) on Sundays November 20 and 27 and Sundays December 11 and 18. (December 4th is our Alternative Gift Market). 


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