Benedict's Daughter: Poems

Benedict's Daughter: Poems

by Philip C. Kolin


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Benedict's Daughter: Poems by Philip C. Kolin

These poems offer a spiritual biography of a remarkable woman of faith, a Benedictine Oblate and spiritual adviser who lived her life according to St. Benedict's Holy Rule ("ora and labora"—pray and work). Juxtaposed with poems on her life, others reflect on Benedictine traditions such as praying the Liturgy of the Hours, taking vows of stability, hospitality, silence, plus engendering respect for the environment and all living things. This collection includes a variety of poetic forms, styles, and voices, even St. Benedict's.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532611476
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

Philip C. Kolin is the Distinguished Professor of English (Emeritus) at the University of Southern Mississippi where he also edits the Southern Quarterly. He has written or edited 40 books, including seven collections of poetry, the most recent being Emmett Till in Different States: Poems.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Part I Prologue: The Liturgy of the Hours

Lauds: Day Opens 3

Perce: St. Peter on the Eternity of Three 4

Sext: The Hour Christ Died 6

Vespers: The Delta Between Sunset and Dark 7

Compline: The Day is Done 9

Part 2 The Journey

In This Place of Stability 13

The Gulls' Oratory 15

Father Luke, O.S.B. 17

The Bridegroom Comes 19

Lenten Wooing 20

Marriage Vows 22

Mr. Al's Jubilee 23

The Child Within 25

Midge 27

She Taught Her Classes Proverbs 28

God's Favorite Language 30

The Spiritual Son 31

St. Benedict's Homily on the Temptations of the Flesh 33

Oblates 34

The Angels 36

Holy Communion Is 37

Benedict's Cellarer 38

Baking for the Carmelites on Dauphin Street 39

The Backdoor to Prophecy 40

The Prayer Lady's Coffee 42

A Family of Souls 43

The Garden 45

St. Hildegard's Herbs 47

In the Month of Blue Moons 48

Longing 49

Afterlife 50

A Hospice Crucifixion 51

A Holy Woman's Obituary 53

Guardian Dogs 54

A Nurse Called Joseph 56

The Photograph 57

Mr. Al Goes Fishing 59

Parade Ready 61

The House on 33rd Street 63

A Manual for Oblates 65

The Monks at St. Bernard's Cemetery 67

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