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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.

"Clutter" (From Waving Back: Poems of Mothering Life: Finishing Line Press 2009)


Clutter

Breathing in the dust of stacked-up books:
Recalling the sharpening scent of library shelves
Long, free, focused nights of digging through ideas
In basement carrels, back in graduate school.

Books pile high now:  some old friends
Too long ignored. Some, still unopened,
Their covers a reproach
Jumbles of familiar words, waiting to be sorted
Mountains of names, around my huddled chair:

Annie
Dillard: Teaching a
Stone to Talk;  The Collected Works of
Teresa of Avila.  Lucille
Clifton:
The Terrible Stories. 
Candles in
Babylon, by Denise
And all these
Theology-words:  Listening Hearts
Servanthood, Courageous
Incarnation, Pilgrimage,
Women in Praise of
The Sacred.
Piled below the Blue Cross
Blue Shield Directory of
Preferred Providers. 

Sticking out of one pile,
A calico covered notebook
Tiny red, blue, yellow flowers on black
Glued for a Mother’s Day
By wise young hands.
The title scrawled in thick red marker:
Mom's Notes.
Its pages
Empty.


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