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Everyday vocation


To shine, to gladden

To weep when I am maddened

At people’s malice towards each other—

These are the tasks of a prophet,

   Of a preacher.


We must learn to shine together,

To wash our hands at our kitchen sinks

   —remembering each other,

To sip our morning coffee slowly

   —blessing each other.


We must speak well of each other

   When we talk on the phone,

Reach out for equity

   In each and every email.


Yes, the lamp above your bed

Is a halo for you—

-- By:  Ms. Karen Jessee, OP - - a member of the Dominican Laity, St. Mary Magdalene Group in Raleigh, NC.  She writes and teaches, living with her husband and children near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Face to Face Archive

Please click on a Title below for Karen's "Prayer Poems":
(The newest ones are listed first.)

• Everyday Vocation •
• A bruised reed •
• Liturgy of the Hours •
• The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. •
• Transparancy •
• Even at night •
• Oh God •
• Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? •
• Certainty •
• Together let us •
• I kept it secret. •
• His will in their minds •
• Make my ears new •
• On the day I called •
• Let God arise •
• Though I have spoken •
• Show yourself perfect •
• Praise Is Fitting •
• Upright •
• Into the desert •
• He Stooped Down To Me •

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