To say that it has recently been a bit cold would be a gross understatement. The month of February was extrememly frigid and let us just say that snow was not lacking. The cold temperatures continued into the month of March but here we are in the middle of March and we’ve had a few glimpses to help us remember what the taste of warmth feels like. With Spring starting on Saturday, we know that we’ll not only begin to dance around in the increasing warmth of the sun but see the changes that sweet sunshine will bring as each day passes. The renewed blossoming of nature all around us cannot help but bring a smile to your face. It is such a beautiful sight to behold as shades of green begin to coat the ground and trees and brightly colored flowers sprout and bloom everywhere. This amazing reawakening of nature has inspired poetry for ages and we wanted to share the beauty of this season with you through the words of two Maryknollers. Take a moment to see the beauty in their words and may your Spring be breathtaking!
Effects of Springtime
As Magnolias bloom
My spirit livens
Enjoying the white and pink blossoms.
Below my west side window view
With added glimpses
Of the famous Hudson River
In the distance.
~ Sr. Cecilia Ruggiero, March 24, 2010
Blossoming tulips from beneath does the earth bring
heralding the glorious feast of Spring
sprouting with colors displaying majestic might
sumptuously bathing in radiant sunlight
Can the eye not look and see
the creator’s art of delicate mystery
for all is connected as the universe does unfold
rejoicing in God whose handiwork we behold
Amazement at new life triumphantly dawning
waking us from too much sleepful yawning
for the celebration continues everyday
inviting one and all to frivolous play
For very often time is spent in business doing
while nature leads us to romantic wooing
Before it is late, let us be entranced
for creation does desire our life to be enhanced
So does the tulip cast her coquettish spell
enticing me to live healthily well
~ Fr. Mike Bassano, May 29, 1997
Air warming breezes,
Heat waves teasing shy bud blooms.
Longing tree branches
Laden with anxious bud-beads
Reaching for sunlight.
Blades of grass greening.
Earth’s carpet spreading world hope.
Peace filled hearts rejoice.
Eyes of the heart open.
Joyful refrains praise the Lord.
Peace, gratitude reign.
~ Sr. Cecilia Ruggiero, April 23, 2008