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Too many hiding places in my heart, 
closets and twisted corridors, locked with a skeleton’s key.

Too many back staircases, places I hide in fear,
occasionally bit by a spider or tripped by an unfriendly chair.

Too much of my heart that is shrouded, shadowed, unknown.
Too much of me I’m afraid to see to shed night’s cowering blanket.

But this is the question,
the judgment I don’t understand:

When the stars are asleep and the sun has arisen
and that light could illumine my home,

Why bolt my doors and strangle my curtains
in a panic to tie down the shades?

I protect the secret catch of cobwebs.
Enlighten me, Lord, when I choose a darkened day.

—Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

 





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Prayer

Too many hiding places in my heart, 
closets and twisted corridors, locked with a skeleton’s key.

Too many back staircases, places I hide in fear,
occasionally bit by a spider or tripped by an unfriendly chair.

Too much of my heart that is shrouded, shadowed, unknown.
Too much of me I’m afraid to see to shed night’s cowering blanket.

But this is the question,
the judgment I don’t understand:

When the stars are asleep and the sun has arisen
and that light could illumine my home,

Why bolt my doors and strangle my curtains
in a panic to tie down the shades?

I protect the secret catch of cobwebs.
Enlighten me, Lord, when I choose a darkened day.

—Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

 





Please share the Good Word with your friends!