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Mother Church
Mixed Media, Jean-Marie Lee, 2017

JML-PLOGS poetic commentary is below

Be What's Saving Souls

I had a vision of the Madonna
Sitting on a basket turned over
Her fruit laid before her--

Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist,
Penance, Anointing of the Sick,
Holy Orders, and Matrimony--

And a Holy Spirit offering gifts--
wisdom, understanding, counsel,
fortitude, knowledge, piety, wonder--

There were no serpents in the mix
And I remember wanting to take
The Eucharist home-- to place

In my special box-- my treasure trove
Yet, I learned, I am a tabernacle too--
Eating the Eucharist forming a union

With Christ, the Bridegroom, and
The Bride, Our Mother Church--
And yet-- I did wonder-- Why?

Why would a martyr's death-- Be
For my own reconciliation-- What's
The purpose or value-- Saving souls!

From hell and eternal death--
Yet again-- I was offered counsel
Growing in faith of God and Life

Understanding-- why hell is--
And heaven is all to way heaven--
God claims us all before conception

Baptism is a covenant of salvation
And the keys are circumcised on
Our hearts-- with a Mother's love

Unconditionally being offered--
Forgiveness out of love. Too many--
Times-- I've forgotten out of guilt

Embarrassed and shying away
To the taunting briars and brambles
Only for the Good Shepherd to usher

Me back to Our Mother Church
Forgiven again. And taking
The Eucharist-- again and again--

Give us this day our daily bread
Forgive us our trespasses-- As We
Forgive those who trespass against

Us-- and again and again and again...


In honor of Saints Peter and Paul
On their feast day, June 29, 2017

English Tea
Paul McCartney


Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017