Monday, February 26, 2007

Lenten Beginning

by T S Eliot

Because I do not hope to turn again
Because I do not hope
Because I do not hope to turn
Desiring this man's gift and that man's scope
I no longer strive to strive towards such things
(Why should the aged eagle stretch its wings?)
Why should I mourn
The vanished power of the usual reign?

Because I do not hope to know again
The infirm glory of the positive hour
Because I do not think
Because I know I shall not know
The one veritable transitory power
Because I cannot drink
There, where trees flower, and springs flow,
for there is nothing again

Because I know that time is always time
And place is always and only place
And what is actual is actual only for one time
And only for one place
I rejoice that things are as they are and
I renounce the blessed face
And renounce the voice
Because I cannot hope to turn again
Consequently I rejoice, having to construct something
Upon which to rejoice

And pray to God to have mercy upon us
And pray that I may forget
These matters that with myself I too much discuss
Too much explain
Because I do not hope to turn again
Let these words answer
For what is done, not to be done again
May the judgement not be too heavy upon us

Because these wings are no longer wings to fly
But merely vans to beat the air
The air which is now thoroughly small and dry
Smaller and dryer than the will
Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still.

Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death
Pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

And this morning, while I was cleaning off my desk, I came across a quote I had cut out a few months ago. It was a gentle reminder to me today, of what Lent is about.

"We must not think that our love has to be extraordinary. But we do need to love without getting tired. How does a lamp burn? Through the continuous input of small drops of oil. These drops are the small things of daily life: faithfulness, small words of kindness, a thought for others, our way of being quiet, of looking, of speaking, and of acting. They are the true drops of love that keep our lives and relationships burning like a lively flame."

---Mother Teresa

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Rach said...

Thanks for the serenity and essence of being you have reminded me of. Our church is very light on the Christian calendar, and I haven't been to the shops recently to see the Easter eggs which seem to appear the week after Christmas, so this has been my first reminder of the season we are entering......what a glorious way to begin. Thanks.

elizabeth said...


thanks for visiting my blog :) i am at work adn do not have much time, so this is about all i can say. am thinking of you and happy that you and i can be in contact... may it continue! :) blessings!