Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Saints

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Saints

Article excerpt

You couldn't really ask a saint to tea

In Kensington.

They are in many ways too close to God

And flames of holiness can also singe,

Especially if you are respectable.

We had a teacher in the parish once

Who followed otters everywhere they went;

Knew what they ate from what they left behind.

A bit like that with saints. If you are poor,

A leper in your way and quite oppressed,

Then men and women, who gave all for God,

Will find you as you are and show the way,

If you would care to take it, back to Him.

To some they shine like stars.

They sit in self-effacing, silent prayer

And something like the scent of lavender,

Which lingers in the early morning light

As if it was itself the breath of God. …

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