Friday, October 24, 2014

SO HE WHO STRONGLY FEELS, BEHAVES




WHAT ARE YEARS?

by Marianne Moore

What is our innocence,
what is our guilt? All are
naked, none is safe. And whence
is courage: the unanswered question,
the resolute doubt, -
dumbly calling, deafly listening-that
in misfortune, even death,
encourage others
and in it's defeat, stirs
the soul to be strong? He
sees deep and is glad, who
accedes to mortality
and in his imprisonment rises
upon himself as
the sea in a chasm, struggling to be
free and unable to be,
in its surrendering
finds its continuing.
So he who strongly feels,
behaves. The very bird,
grown taller as he sings, steels
his form straight up. Though he is captive,
his mighty singing
says, satisfaction is a lowly
thing, how pure a thing is joy.
This is mortality,
this is eternity.

EAST-FACING WINDOW
HOLY FAMILY CHURCH, GLENDALE, CA
AFTER CONFESSION AND MASS THURS.
REST IN PEACE, MSGR. ALBACETE

3 comments:

  1. Love this poem. And Miss Moore's quirkily stodgy, primly litotic essays played a huge part in my reversion to faith. She is serenely luminous.

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  2. Dear Heather,

    My condolences on the loss of your beloved friend Msgr. Albacete. I am behind a few days and almost missed this sad news. I likely would have missed out of even knowing anything about him if it wasn't for your sharing your friendship with him here on these pages. Wikipedia, of course, does nothing to convey the vitality of the man and his faith. I hope stories about him continue to pop up, as I find myself wanting to know more about him. (I should go back and watch the Charlie Rose interview, too.)
    Of course, my favorite tidbit about him, not mentioned in the Wiki piece, is that he cared for his brother Michael, who was disabled. I encourage you to repost your own writings about him, as your readership has become larger (and broader?) in the past few years. I think you used to have a quick link to your interview with him on your sidebar.
    As always, your blog is a treat and a blessing and much, much more. Continued blessings, dear Heather.

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    1. Thanks, Mary Beth, I admired Msgr. Albacete hugely, and believe he was a real treasure of the Church, but I don't in any way claim to have been a close friend. I only met him once (and was charmed, completely). Yes, that he cared for years for his brother (and his mother before that, apparently) is another giant star in his crown. If you put Albacete in the search box in the sidebar, a few posts come up and the link to the transcript is still in the left sidebar, too.

      Bless you, Mary Beth! And thank you.

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