|As Kingfishers Catch Fire|
As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came.
I say móre: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is —
Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.
-Gerard Manley Hopkins
|Christ plays in ten thousand places…lovely in your limbs and eyes and face|
For those on Christ’s path Lent gives a renewed opportunity to
understand how Christ plays in our own lives.
Whatever journey you are on, at St. Mary’s Sewanee we recognize that
God’s divine presence, light, and love are known in many ways.
We hope you take intentional time in this season of transition from
winter’s dying to spring’s rebirth to claim how that light and love
are reflected in your life: considering the ways it has been hidden
and what you can do to reveal what you truly are, what you came to be.
Lent is an intentional time to rest, renew, and reconnect.
This is what we do and why we are here for you at St. Mary’s
Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development.
How will you catch fire?
How will you draw the flame of holy love?
As one mystic put it to a seeker:
Why don’t you consider becoming fire yourself?
May blessings, peace and the fire of love abound in your life.
The Rev’d Dr. Andy Anderson
Executive Director, St. Mary’s Sewanee