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Mercy Alone

The mercy of the Holy Year
appears without any courtiers,
no diplomats
to make the way more easy,
acclaiming mercy’s attractions,
no paladins to parade the prowess 
of the prince of virtues
called mercy.

So mercy sounds
like the might of God,
the Lord of hosts, invincible.
Can mercy claim
the equal strain of victory
when facing spiritual forces?

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Agenda Incarnation

Fourth Sunday of Advent

If God is with us,
as lowly as we are,
then God must be perceived
as humble,
our equal in lowliness.

If God distributes blessings
before we even ask,
then God is generous,
unlike us
with hands never filled enough.

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Ally for Advent

Without pageantry,
or pomp,
the Church initiates
its New Year,
Advent,
with ritual purple vestments,
and less than four candles afire
on the forlorn Advent wreath.

Light-up,
attracting buyers and profit,
forms searching lines,
like prospectors
uncovering productive lodes,
with light enough
to read the paper in any aisle
for a ten-block span.

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Goodness of Mercy

We shouted Kyrie
and groveled begging
forgiveness repeatedly,
unmindful we sought
the decorated container,
while precious gems
lay hidden and unnoticed.

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