Catholic Poetry: “Believe and Take Heart,” by John Lancaster Spalding


BELIEVE AND TAKE HEART By John Lancaster Spalding What can console for a dead world? We tread on dust which once was life; To nothingness all things are hurled: What meaning in a hopeless strife? Time’s awful storm Breaks but the form. Whatever comes, whatever goes, Still throbs the heart whereiby we live; The primal [Read More...]

A Poem by Blessed John Henry Newman, 1857


Saint Philip in His School. This is the Saint of gentleness and kindness, Cheerful in penance, and in precept winning: Patiently healing of their pride and blindness, Souls that are sinning. This is the Saint, who, when the world allures us, Cries her false wares, and opes her magic coffers, Points to a better city, [Read More...]

A Poem by St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)


Song of Gratitude to Our Lady of Mount Carmel From the first moments of my life, You took me in your arms. Ever since that day, dear Mother, You’ve protected me here below. To preserve my innocence, You placed me in a soft nest. You watched over my childhood In the shade of a holy cloister. [Read More...]