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Welcome to a page where we can share our thoughts and ideas about THE ARTS as a form of cultural therapy for our times.
A contribution from Mary Southard, CSJ, inspired by Thomas Berry's poem,
Mary's art piece, PROPHET'S CRY, follows the poem.
by Thomas Berry
We have heard in this Cathedral
The Lamentations of Jeremiah
Ancient experiences of darkness over the earth
Light born anew
But now, darkness deeper than even God
Can reach, with a quick healing power
What cry appropriate
What cry can bring a healing
When a million year rainfall
Can hardly wash away the life destroying stain?
Listen – earth sound
Listen – the wind through the hemlock,
Listen – the owl’s soft hooting
in the winter night
Listen – the wolf – wolf song
Cry of distant meanings
woven into a seamless sound
Never before has the cry of the wolf expressed such meaning
On the winter mountainside
This cry our revelation
As the sun sinks lower in the sky
Over our wounded world
The meaning of the moment
And the healing of the wound
Are there in a single cry
A throat open wide
For the wild sacred sound
Of some Great Spirit
A Gothic sound – come down from the beginning of time
If only humans could hear
Now see the wolf as guardian spirit
As saviour guide?
Our Jeremiah, telling us,
not about the destruction of
Jerusalem or its temple
Our Augustine, telling us,
not about the destruction of Rome and
Telling us not about the Passion of Christ in
But about the Passion of Earth in our times.
Wolf – our earth, our Christ, ourselves.
The arch of the Cathedral itself takes
on the shape
Of the uplifted throat of the wolf
Lamenting our present destiny
To bring back the sun
To let the flowers bloom in the
The rivers run through the hills
And let the Earth
And all its living creatures
And Abundant life.
(an excerpt reproduced here with permission of the author)
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