New Monasticisms Ireland wishes all our friends a very blessed and peaceful Christmas!
Denise Levertov (1923–1997)
On the Mystery of the Incarnation
It’s when we face for a moment
the worst our kind can do, and shudder to know
the taint in our own selves, that awe
cracks the mind’s shell and enters the heart:
not to a flower, not to a dolphin,
to no innocent form
but to this creature vainly sure
it and no other is god-like, God
(out of compassion for our ugly
failure to evolve) entrusts,
as guest, as brother,
For Levertov’s poetry, see Paul A. Lacey and Anne Dewey (editors), with an Introduction by Eavan Boland, The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov (New York: New Directions, 2013), 1063pp.
Our next speaker is Padraic O’ Tuama, Corrymeela Community, Poet and theologian, Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work centres around themes of language, religion, conflict and art.
Working fluently on the page and with groups of people, Pádraig is a skilled speaker, teacher and group worker. His work has won acclaim in circles of poetry, politics, religion, psychotherapy and conflict analysis. For more information see http://www.padraigotuama.com
Please add the 2nd March 2019 to your diary for our day with Padraic O’ Tuama.
More details to follow soon.