Otis was once a monk
who took no vows, was
free to leave the abbey
and eventually he did.
I met him over chicken wings
at Sadie's Soul Food Grill.
For almost 20 years
every spring and summer
Otis labored in the fields
and crops of every kind.
In fall and winter he
would gather leaves and
plow the snow, wheel
ancient monks up and down
the endless silent halls.
He loved his work
because he liked to help
anyone in need.
I asked Otis why he left.
He said because at first
he thought life was a burp
somewhere in eternity.
He still believes that but
wants to hear the burp
before he’s in eternity.
Otis likes the chicken wings
at Sadie’s Soul Food Grill,
especially the real hot ones.
He ate chicken at the abbey
but nothing like the wings
at Sadie's Soul Food Grill.
A real treat before eternity.
Copyright © Donal Mahoney | Year Posted 2017
Once a year we have Homecoming
At our church and we celebrate
With relatives, friends, and neighbors,
Whom we have not seen of late!
What joy just sitting together
Singing the songs of long ago,
Worshipping God and praising Him-
The one from whom all blessings flow!
O, the beauty of tables laden
With a feast from God’s bountiful store,
And what a delight partaking-
Filling our plates with more and more!
It’s a wonderful time of year
When we renew the ties that bind,
While worshipping God, and fellowshipping
With friends…what amazing peace we find!
Copyright © Betty Butler | Year Posted 2016
It’s good to get together as friends and confreres
like in table fellowship or religious convocation
and then, enjoy the company of each other’s culture
as Italians, Colombians, Filipinos or Brazilians.
The day after Easter Sunday adds another occasion
for us Scalabrinians to be reunited at this point in time
sharing the gifts of food, life, humor and relationship
with a space for fraternity, some updates and good wishes.
Truly, it shows the spirit of oneness and fraternal fellowship
sharing the commonality of our commitmment to faith
as brothers in Christ and members of our Founder’s order,
the religious congregation that cares for migrant people.
There’s much to do and plan for what we aim to materialize
in today’s world where migration poses a huge issue
like a salad bowl with mozzarella, tomato and olive oil
a metaphor for migration that deals with human cultures.
Described in the Bible as a growing missionary virtue
hospitality as a key to open one’s heart in this journey
With fearlessness and confidence, it’s a major issue
depicting the picture of global movements raised in action.
Our days of darkness, our bickering confreres in places –
where community life matters and features one’s emptiness
in dealing with one another in our quest for human and divine.
it’s indeed a challenge and will always be a test of faith, thus far.
This helps us understand through our setbacks, pains and joys,
with friends around and those who share with us many times
those sacred stories of being called to worship God and be present
especially in the Eucharist that nourishes our souls to be whole.
Copyright © mark escobar | Year Posted 2012
O, to sweat, one must commit
For Earth’s scented wheat--
Taste good, even, without meat
Yet live, not by it
Alone, but must eat
God’s fruits, sweet--
Note: this Poem is based on Mathew 4:4 CEV
Copyright © Ernesto P. Santiago | Year Posted 2008
I will take a jog, but will not go near the grocery store
I will pass by the grocery store, but will not open the door
I will go in there, but will not go down the aisle where the ice cream is on sale
Oh! I promise!... I just can’t feel my feet any longer!
I will look at the ice cream, but will not pick it
I will pick it up, but will not buy it
I will buy it, but will not open it
Oh! Promise! Just let me have it! It’s on sale!
Open it, but not smell it
Smell it, but not taste it
Taste it, but not eat it
Eat it! Eat it! Eat it!
Ohhh! Freaking deceiving joy of calories is this!
Three months to lose, but took me a minute to gain
Promise! Promise! This is the last one, I swear!
I will just go to bed when I feel like jogging again.
Copyright © Ida Otayde | Year Posted 2014
Cars run down the road to New York City
Looking for cattle
There must be another way to make hamburgers
Not too many pastures in Manhattan
Traffic won't permit it
Going zero miles per hour is no way to hunt for dinner
What's McDonald’s secret
They sell billions every year
People in India are vegetarians
Animals have souls and ancestry
Cows carry signs in the city
“No buns or bumpers”
“Beep if you love Jesus”
Copyright © Earl Schumacker | Year Posted 2016
A gift of survival bag with goods and food
Thanks to the God you offered to my hand
In the competitive queue I came forward
I was registered, when the name is called
Nobody knows but somebody knows
That all are poor and world in refugees
Mixed colors and different tongues are noised
While all are paying attention to each of names
Men women indifferent and some with kids
Hope of interests is something hidden smiles
Trying to overtake before the time comes
But the frame of church flexible rule shows
With my bag and my friend I came out
He reminded me that I did not find out
Variety of food we carefully sorted out
Expiry dates elapsed and I was going out
In a day or two, if I will not finish
Nothing will happen I know its truth
I ate for the day as much as fresh
Thank to the God that it is the truth
While ships of foods are being destroyed into the sea
Uncountable lives suffer and die no meal for a day
No one knows one side of the world of sea
Sinking soul of humanity dwindles every day
What the God can do, the God does as much as
Changes the time and diverts the way he wishes
Until the products are passed away in markets
It’s out of the rule and ethics no power for Gods
I felt a self pity when my belly was full out
Thank to the god of justice shows out
Nausea for one is a hunger for the other
Balance of bridge is the survival of mother
Udaya R. Tennakoon
Copyright © Udaya R. Tennakoon | Year Posted 2013
Science yet can’t find the link
to what it is that makes us think,
to what it is that guides our way
and makes our choices day by day.
No proof that good or bad exist,
no evidence upon their list,
no theories that can shine a light
on what is meant by wrong or right.
So lacking proof for what is plain
man had to find a different game,
in many ways these games were sought
to find the reason for our thought.
God appeared in many ways
to give man reason for his ways,
and just to balance right and wrong
the Devil now joined in man’s song.
So now content with mankind's song
he found his thoughts could get along
with others of his chosen kind
and didn’t have to blame his mind.
But maybe good and bad exist
as living things that science missed
and influence our every day
and guide the way that mankind play.
Then monasteries are goodness source
to spread out goodness, but much worse
our prisons shelter evil’s power
and spread this evil hour by hour.
It could be science one day will find
some things exist beyond man’s mind
and really give us food for thought
about the things that we’ve been taught.
Ivor G Davies
Copyright © Ivor Davies | Year Posted 2016
Church suppers in town are such fun,
And the genuine home cooking is second to none.
One man said to the server, “They ran out of my favorite pie!”
“Take it out of the tip,” was her hurried reply.
With a wink and a smile she picked him a different slice.
Then he left thinking, “Oh these church ladies are just so nice!”
Copyright © Brenda McGrath | Year Posted 2016
The light of first beginning
Still feeds us with love:
Hot Fish and Bread and white wine
As blessed meal of mine.
I eat with my dove
The sweet grains,
Copyright © Ovidiu Bocsa | Year Posted 2008
How lovingly you respond to God
People say they believe, Eternal God
Love Father Christ
Don't have any clue
What talking about
Hypocrite, harsh word
People harsh to Father Christ
Don't know it
People boast, brag
They know Father Christ
Believe in Him
Yet, not in His Church
If truly believe, then why not His Church?
The word "Purgatory" is only in Catholic or Roman Catholic
Because later Christians will be in heaven
Some be immaculate there
After purifying their not confessed sins
People need Sacrament of Reconciliation
Only in Father Christ Church
Father Christ required His Church
Be available for His people
Copyright © Jacqueline R. Mendoza | Year Posted 2013
Blessed are those that study English for they shall bite their tongues in order to pronounce
Blessed are the Mathematicians for they shall calculate how stars came into existence.
Blessed are the I.R.K.(Islamic Religious Knowledge) students for they shall know the amount
of nots and lines in the Qu’ran.
Blessed are the C.R.K.(Christian Religious Knowledge) students for they shall memorize and
summarize the Bible.
Blessed are the Agriculturists for they shall plough and make ringes on the moon.
Blessed are the Historians for they shall have the opportunity to tell lies on what they do not
Blessed are the Biologists for they shall find the amount of the heart beat of a living thing
from birth on earth.
Blessed are the Fine Artists for they shall draw the Kann Scape of heaven.
Blessed are the Economists for they shall save every kobo over a century.
Blessed are the Commerce students for they shall one day buy and sell in the Ozone Layer.
Blessed are the Home Management and Clothing and Textile students for they serve clothes
to the sun, moon and stars.
Blessed are the Food and Nutritionists for they serve food to the planets in the sky.
Blessed are the Chemistry students for they shall one day resolve human beings.
Blessed are those studying Literature for they shall one day write on how God was made.
Blessed are the Geographers for they shall burn in the atmosphere in an attempt to travel to
Blessed are the Technicians for they shall construct houses, roads and bridges on the sun.
Blessed are the Physicists for they shall one day make the earth bounce and dance.
Copyright © NWANDO OBIANYOR | Year Posted 2009
Butter of kine and milk of
sheep with fat of lambs,
and the pure blood of the grape
brings Jeshurun to
Copyright © Sue Mason | Year Posted 2008
Brilliant minds still grapple with deep thought
Mortality, God and what's beyond the cosmic wall
The babysitter thinks on other levels here and now
How much rent to pay, toppings on a pizza, diaries
Boys, bubble gum and what to wear to school
Religious people think that sex and food are evil
They think too much
What good does it do them
I'll have a coke and pizza with my babysitter
Please pass the salt and hold that thought
Copyright © Earl Schumacker | Year Posted 2017
The fruit that Adam and Eve ate may not have been apples, it could've been oranges, bananas, peaches or pears.
Many people assume that it was apples but none of us know because we weren't there.
Adam and Eve were stupid, they chose to obey a serpent instead of The Lord.
Their punishment was banishment and losing eternal life, they lost their reward.
But whatever fruit it was, when Adam and Eve ate it, it became the world's first sin.
Adam and Eve's stupidity caused all of us to pay the price, it causes our lives to end.
Copyright © randy johnson | Year Posted 2016