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GRANDEUR... This Week at UCCW

Winnewissa Falls, Pipestone National Monument, MN

“A very great vision is needed and the man [sic] who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.” --attr. Tasunke Witko (Crazy Horse), Oglala Lakota


By Gerard Manley Hopkins

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.

It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;

It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil

Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?

Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;

And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;

And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil

Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;

There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;

And though the last lights off the black West went

Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —

Because the Holy Ghost over the bent

World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK: When have you felt the world to be charged with the grandeur of God? Where do you see the Spirit at work in your life and the world?

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