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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.

Poem Upon Waking (What if it's all True (1))

Poem upon waking 

What if it's all true?
What if
Human love, loneliness, longing
Enact a fuller story

What if the Love of God
Is really like the love of a parent
Who watches as that child heads  out,
Climbs up the school bus steps,
Learns how to play

A mother who \ must step back
and let them learn the game,
Make their blunders
Welcome them home, let them begin again.

What if the love of God for us
Is like that love of parents for our children?
Sure and solid when they’re well and whole
Furious from the pain of separation
Gentle and enfolding when they’re sick, afraid.

What if the love of God for us is like that?
There for us, wherever we are journeying
Solid as a table set for supper
Waiting with joy
To welcome us home.
                              (copyright 2012 by Kathleen Henderson Staudt)

1 comment:

  1. I remember sitting in the front pew during my late wife's funeral service saying to myself "I really do believe all this." A joyful realization in my awful time of loss and sorrow. What a celebration of the resurrection that feast was.
    Thank you for this. I use part of Psalm 103 as my wakeup prayer,