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I work as a teacher, poet and spiritual director at a number of institutions in the DC area. My teaching focuses in various ways on writing, poetry, Spirituality and Christian vocation and ministry - especially from the point of view of the laity. I also offer classes and retreats encouraging people to explore their inner lives, engage their creativity and reflect on their beliefs about God, vocation, and how we can discern and pursue new ways to transform our broken world. I enjoy speaking of faith in the secular academy as well as reminding those preparing for ministry in the Church that our primary purpose is to love and serve the world beyond the church's doors. I love helping people to grow in faith and to find their own voices, and I also love encouraging them to use their minds. I see no contradiction between these impulses, believing as I do that faith, reason and creativity work together.

Martha


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"MARTHA" - from Kathleen Henderson Staudt Annunciations: Poems out of Scripture (2003; rpt Wipf & Stock 2018)*


When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.  Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother.  When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home.  Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him."  Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."  Martha said to him, 'I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?  She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.
John 11: 21-27 (NRSV)

Jesus said, "Take away the stone."  Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.
 John 11: 39 (NRSV)

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Martha

I have prayed, for days, that you would return to us
And you did not come.
If you had been here, my brother would not have died.
Where were you?
Surely you knew.
Why didn’t you come to see us when there was time?

Now you are here. 
Too late.                      And yet,
With you standing right here, my answer is sure  
Anger, pain and all.
With you here,
Bigger than life, stronger than death,
I can respond
     In spite of the stench,
     In spite of it being
     four days later,
     In spite of you not being here
     When we needed you.

In spite of all this, when you stand there and say, “I am
Resurrection.  I am life.  Do you believe this?”
With you standing right there,
I have
   No other answer.

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