to make gentle our bruised world to tame its savageness to be compassionate of all (including ourselves) then 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 me 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 indivi…