Media Center Pick of the Week


e. e. cummings wrote a poem about four little girls (“maggie and milly and molly and may”) playing on the beach. One of the lines, “may came home with a smooth round stone / as small as a world and as large as alone,” speaks to me about the compressibility of poetry. Poetry compresses lifetimes of experience. A few poetic words may nourish days of reflection. As a poet, our beloved second bishop lived this reality. This week, we feature “Lenten Reflections with Bishop Grady.” In a series of six poems, Bishop Grady compresses layers of meaning for each week into 90 seconds. Fast enough for any harried American but laden with sustenance for the Lenten journey! His poems are interwoven with Central Florida scenes including many from San Pedro Center. In “Christ in the Desert,” he dramatizes our Lord’s temptations with such immediacy that our own daily struggle loses complexity and becomes startlingly clear. This is the spiritual fruit of a man immersed in the gospel. I am tempted to write pages and pages about each reflection but I cannot turn his poetry into prose. Rather, I will embrace his poems in prayer. Request this title with the on-line Order form or search with the keyword: lent @ click here or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897).