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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.

Emmaus Traveler (from Annunciations)


Emmaus  Traveler  (Luke 24:13-16)

The airport here in Frankfurt is bright at all hours.
This morning it is full of people, speaking, moving purposefully.
Tall, fair and focused, they pass me by.
I am newly arrived, unsure what time it is,
Knowing only where to go and wait,
and where to wash my face.

On the way, I meet a brown-skinned woman
Short, dressed in black and lace, dragging a lumpy bag.
She sees me seeing her, looks up, and grasps my arm.
“Sao Paolo?” she inquires.  She expects me to know.
I meet her eyes and shake my head
 “No- no idea what plane.”

Then I understand:  the ocean she desires to cross,
I have just passed over.
“Sao Paolo – en Brasil?” I ask, in helpless Spanish.
“Si!” she rattles on, in excited Portuguese.
She sees I cannot understand.
But we have met each other.

Turning away, she meets my eye again,
Raises fingers to her mouth
 And blows a gentle kiss.


From Kathleen Henderson Staudt, Annunciations: Poems out of Scripture (2003; rpt. Wipf & Stock, 2018)

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