Paper Souls

O, paper souls,
Trade for destiny,
Ephemeral treasures,
Becoming God’s enmity.

A certain John,
Who made clear the way,
This path’s priority,
This game culture will not play.

A remnant few,
The border walkers,
Standing within the breach,
Not false charity crawlers.

“False charity?”,
Impossibly real,
Preserving the poor,
Hand-outs to grovel and kneel.

For those with mouths,
Who query influence,
To choose equity,
New borders of confluence.

How long Lord?!”,
Is not the question,
Our Image answers,
Countering such bleak banter.

To be holy,
Feed the hungry,
Clothe the naked,
Justice blooms between borders.

Christian deafness,
To sarcasm’s plea,

The poor you will always have”,
Has Truth set you free?

Does love thy neighbor,
Manifest today?
Fruit of our labors?
Or is this Christian wordplay?

Honoring lips,
Singing and praying,
Comfortably numb,
Priest, Prophet, and King -sleeping.

Awaken priests!
You! Border Walkers!
Stand within the breach,
Become doers not talkers!

Proclaim prophets!
Announce my commands!
Love God and neighbor,
Speak mercy and feed my lambs!

Governing Kings!
Gather my people!
Amass resources,
Distribute to the needful.

Let’s gather in urgency,
Spread a table for all people,
To reach out in divergency,
And pray to fly with wings of eagles.

Eternal Word, only begotten Son of God,
Teach me true generosity.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve.
To give without counting the cost,
To fight heedless of wounds,
To labor without seeking rest,
To sacrifice myself without thought of any reward
Save the knowledge that I have done your will. **

By Christopher Clody

** Prayer for Generosity
St. Ignatius of Loyola

2 thoughts on “Paper Souls

  1. Hi Chris!

    I see you are still writing poems. That’s awesome!

    I don’t know if you’ve heard, but on Wednesday, April 20 from 1-3pm EST, I have been invited to Matt Fradd’s YouTube channel “Pints With Aquinas” to debate Trent Horn from Catholic Answers on the Marian dogmas. The specific title of the debate is: “Does scripture contradict the Marian dogmas?”

    Even though this has been debated in the past, the specific wording of the debate hasn’t, as far as I know. Because the debate isn’t about whether or not scripture supports, but more specifically whether or not scripture contradicts them. To my knowledge, I don’t think this specific kind of debate about the Marian dogmas has been done. And Trent was the one who picked the specific title.

    Just wanted to invite you to the online debate in case you were interested. And if you have a YouTube account, there will be a live chat section where you can ask either of us questions during the Q&A after the debate is over, and it will be live.

    Our last debate generated a lot of interest and questions, and I think this one will be even bigger.

    Hope all is well with you and that you are staying safe from the mini blizzard we’re having.

    In His service, Steve.

    John 17:17

    Sent from my iPhone


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