Wisdom From Beyond the Grave

30 January 2018

 Reflecting on our recent discussions as we move towards the General Chapter, now just a few months away, I browsed through Sr. Joan McNamara book of poems “Shape Shifter” My eyes rested on the poem “Lineamenta – a Reaction.” Lineamenta was obviously a theme word in one of our earlier Chapters. I cannot remember what it means or where it led us in the Chapter but I felt deeply in sympathy with Joan’s reaction.
Thankfully we are not into high sounding phrases or clever new words this time round. I think Joan would be pleased with us! Yet, this is not a negative poem there is depth, richness and deep insights into our religious lives our relationships, with Christ the Church and the Gospels to be found within it. It is well worth a re-read.


Lineamenta - a Reaction


The WORD came among us,
I think,
to give/share
God's love and life.
And words,
I surmise,
are ours that we may dare
to 'go and do likewise'.

Gospel words have a simplicity that rings true;
a Pentecostal lucidity
that speaks to me and to you.
Lineamenta -
how many have heard of such a word? continue