As I leave my cocoon of slumber,

Awakening to the day anew;

I behold just a glimpse of God’s beauty,

As the sun kisses my face with it’s intense yet refreshing rays.

A morning kiss, unforgettable.


I’m a foreign man in a foreign land,

And that’s just fine.

Being able to know I have work to do while being able to relax,

Feels almost divine.


Moving forward,

Reflecting on what’s behind.

Feelings are trying to be paradoxical,

But I refuse to conform into an empty shell.

Entranced by the black carpet below my eye’s view,

From atop a staircase,

I look into the void.

But instead of seeing nothingness,

I see openness.


Francis’ Haus

As I both stood and sat in awe,

I knew my awe wasn’t just from the beautiful artwork my eyes were beholding.

I stood; More still it seemed than I have in weeks,

And I took part in a sacrament that at one time in my life I would’ve laughed away

but not today.

Today it’s what brought peace to my anxious heart,

If only for a moment.

In God’s house,

I felt welcome again.

Not dependent upon who I “am” or what I’ve done,

But because being born of bone and flesh yet still dust in the end

he calls me a Son.

A sibling of his First born,

His one and only begotten.

We wear what could be considered his tombstone around our neck,

But do we take account of the meaning or just enjoy the feel of some jewelry?

As the doors closed behind me,

The hallowed and holy ground occupied by brothers and sisters,

I knew it wouldn’t be my last time in this special place.

If for no other reason than to possibly find peace,

And remember at least an interpretation of my brother Francis’ face.


“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. 20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.

25 “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. 28 You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe. 30 I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me; 31 but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up,let us go from here.”John 14:16-31(Italic added by me) Blessings on this season of Lent.