SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Sorrows (2018)

“To Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows” (Arthur Symons) Lady of the seven sorrows which are love,What sacrificial wayFirst led your feet to, those remoter heightsWhich, for the uttermost delightsOf martyrs and Love’s saints, are set aboveThe Stations of the passion of our day? Seven sorrows unto you has been desireSince first your cheek grew pale.And your astonished breath would fail,And your eyes deepened into smouldering fire;Seven sorrows from a child. Nor has the soul which in you pants and risesAt any time been reconciledWith love and love’s intolerable disguises.In the child’s morning-hourYou woke, and knew not the immortal powerWhich … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Sorrows (2018)

SEA OF ROSARIES: THE MADONNA TEACHING HER CHRIST CHILD IN PRAYER

“Ave Maria” by Hildegard of Bingen Behold, Mary, you who increase life, who rebuilds the path, You who confused death and wore down the serpent, To you Eve raised herself up, her neck rigid with inflated arrogance. You strode upon this arrogance while bearing God’s Son of Heaven, through whom the spirit of God breaths. O gentle and loving Mother, I behold you. For Heaven released into the world that which you brought forth. This one, through whom the spirit of God breaths. Glory to the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. And to this one, through whom … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: THE MADONNA TEACHING HER CHRIST CHILD IN PRAYER

SEA OF ROSARIES: BLUE MADONNA AND THE HOLY INNOCENTS

AVE GENEROSA by Hildegard of Bingen I behold you,noble, glorious and whole woman,the pupil of purity.You are the sacred matrixin which God takes great pleasure. The essences of Heaven flooded into you,and the Great Word of God dressed itself in flesh. You appeared as a shining white lily,as God looked upon you before all of Creation. O lovely and tender one,how greatly has God delighted in you.For He has placed His passionate embrace within you,so that His Son might nurse at your breast. Your womb held joy,with all the celestial symphony sounding through you,Virgin, who bore the Son of God,when … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: BLUE MADONNA AND THE HOLY INNOCENTS

SEA OF ROSARIES: MADONNA OF NAGASAKI

“Hymn,” by Edgar Allan Poe At morn–at noon–at twilight dim– Maria! thou hast heard my hymn! In joy and woe–in good and ill– Mother of God, be with me still! When the Hours flew brightly by, And not a cloud obscured the sky, My soul, lest it should truant be, Thy grace did guide to thine and thee Now, when storms of Fate o’ercast Darkly my Present and my Past, Let my future radiant shine With sweet hopes of thee and thine. Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: MADONNA OF NAGASAKI

SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Antipolo

“At This Precise Moment of History,” by Thomas Merton At this precise moment of historyWith Goody-two-shoes running for CongressWe are testing supersonic enginesTo keep God safe in the cherry tree.When I said so in this space last ThursdayI meant what I said: power struggles. You would never dream of such corn. The colonials insandalwood like running wide open and available forprotection. You can throw them away without a refund. Dr. Hanfstaengel who was not called Putzi except bythose who did not know him is taped in the nationalarchives. J. Edgar Hoover he ought to knowAnd does know. But calls Dr. Hanfstaengel Putzi … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Antipolo

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Manaoag

“The Divine Dew” (Therese of Lisieux) My Sweet Jesus, You appear to meOn your Mother’s breast, all radiant with love.Love is the ineffable mysteryThat exiled you from your Heavenly Home…Ah! let me hide myself under the veilConcealing you from all mortal eyes,And near you, O Morning Star!I shall find a foretaste of Heaven. From the moment a new dawn awakens,When we see the first lights of the sun,The young flower beginning to openAwaits a precious balm from on high.It is the good-giving morning dew,Which, producing an abundant sap,Makes the flower of the new bud open a little. Jesus, you are … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Manaoag

SEA OF ROSARIES: OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR

“Landscape: Wheatfields” (Thomas Merton) Frown there like Cressy or like Agincourt,You fierce and bearded shocks and sheavesAnd shake your grain-spears,And know no tremor in your vigilantYour stern array, my summer chevaliers! Although the wagons,(Hear how the battle of those wheels,Worrying the loose wood with their momentary thunderLeaves us to guess some trestle, there, behind the sycamores.)Although the empty wagons come, Rise up, like kings out of the pages of a chronicleAnd cry your courage in your golden beards;For now the summer-time is half-way done,Gliding to a dramatic crisisSure as the deep waters to the sedentary mill. Arise like kings and … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR

SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Oropa

Aubade-Harlem by Thomas Merton Across the cages of the keyless aviaries,The lines and wires, the gallows of the broken kites,   Crucify, against the fearful light,The ragged dresses of the little children.Soon, in the sterile jungles of the waterpipes and ladders,   The bleeding sun, a bird of prey, will terrify the poor,   These will forget the unbelievable moon. But in the cells of whiter buildings,Where the glass dawn is brighter than the knives of surgeons,   Paler than alcohol or ether, shinier than money,The white men’s wives, like Pilate’s,Cry in the peril of their frozen dreams: “Daylight has driven iron spikes,Into the flesh of Jesus’ hands … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Oropa

SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Tindari

Proverbs by Thomas Merton 1. I will tell you what you can do ask me if you do not understand what I just said 2. One thing you can do be a manufacturer make appliances 3. Be a Man-u-fac-tu-rer 4. Make appliances sell them for a high price 5. I will tell you about industry make appliances 6. Make appliances that move 7. Ask me if you do not understand what is move 8. First get the facts 9. Where to apply? Ask industry 10. Do not expect to get by without Mr. and Mrs. Consumer 11. Man-u-fic-tion 12. I am … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Tindari

SEA OF ROSARIES: OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL (THE ASSUMPTION)

“To the Blessed Virgin MaryOf Mount Carmel” (Therese of Lisieux) A place of beauty and green serenityBlowing breeze of coolnessTransported from the sea.Earth’s creation finds abode in theeWith the holy hermits of Elias’ gloryThis is Carmela mountain most heavenly. O Virgin Mary, Queen most holyYou are our Lady inspiring many.Your quiet life, simplicity, purityAll speak to me of Carmel’s story. Glorious Lady, our mother too!Who comes to us when life is blue.In gentle stillness of your waysYou whisper softly, firmly,“You do exactly as Jesus says.” To be with us forever, not to leave us everHer Scapular she gave us.To those … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL (THE ASSUMPTION)

SEA OF ROSARIES: THE MARRIAGE OF OUR LADY TO ST. JOSEPH

“A Christmas Card” (Thomas Merton) When the white stars talk together like sistersAnd when the winter hillsRaise their grand semblance in the freezing night,Somewhere one windowBleeds like the brown eye of an open force. Hills, stars,White stars that stand above the eastern stable. Look down and offer Him.The dim adoring light of your belief.Whose small Heart bleeds with infinite fire. Shall not this Child(When we shall hear the bells of His amazing voice)Conquer the winter of our hateful century? And when His Lady Mother leans upon the crib,Lo, with what rapiersThose two loves fence and flame their brillancy! Here in … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: THE MARRIAGE OF OUR LADY TO ST. JOSEPH

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of La Vang (Annunciation)

“La Comparsa En Oriente” (Thomas Merton) Drums of the early evening wakeThe mountain full of ore, and the canebrake.Up at Cobre tall tambores callOne who rings gangarias with a nail,One with feathers for sleeves,One whose arms are birds,One with a mouth full of great firesAnd lights instead of words. One with a tobacco leaf hatRings his drum like a bell,And brings the saints of heaven, with claves,Down from the starlit hill;A black angel beats an ass’s jawAnd (tick tick) a white the clavesWhile the sodality of the blessed virginFollow after, carrying flowers. Five angels beating bongos,Seven saints ringing their bells,Wear … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of La Vang (Annunciation)

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Akita

Luke 1:39-56 (The Magnificat) “And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda. And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth. “And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Akita

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady Of Aparecida

“Aubade: The Annunciation” (Thomas Merton) When the dim light, at Lauds, comes strike her window, Bellsong falls out of Heaven with a sound of glass. Prayers fly in the mind like larks, Thoughts hide in the height like hawks: And while the country churches tell their blessings to the distance, Her slow words move (Like summer winds the wheat) her innocent love: Desires glitter in her mind Like morning stars: Until her name is suddenly spoken Like a meteor falling. She can no longer hear shrill day Sing in the east, Nor see the lovely woods begin to toss their manes. … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady Of Aparecida

SEA OF ROSARIES: Annunciation

Annunciation (oil on canvas) © 2011 Alfred Eaker Annunciation (Thomas Merton) Ashes of paper, ashes of a world Wandering, when fire is done: We argue with the drops of rain! Until one comes Who walks unseen Even in elements we have destroyed. Deeper than any nerve He enters flesh and bone. Planting His truth, He puts our substance on. Air, earth, and rain Rework the frame that fire has ruined. What was dead is waiting for His Flame. Sparks of His Spirit spend their seeds, and hide To grow like irises, born before summertime. These blue thinas bud in Israel. The … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Annunciation

SEA OF ROSARIES: OUR LADY OF THE WOODS

OUR LADY OF THE WOODS ©1994 ALFRED EAKER Winter’s Night (Thomas Merton) When, in the dark, the frost cracks on the window The children awaken, and whisper. One says the moonlight grated like a skate Across the freezing river. Another hears the starlight breaking like a knifeblade Upon the silent, steelbright pond. They say the trees are stiller than the frozen water From waiting for a shouting light, a heavenly message. Yet it is far from Christmas, when a star Sang in the pane, as brittle as their innocence! For now the light of early Lent Glitters upon the icy … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: OUR LADY OF THE WOODS

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Sorrows

“The Evening of the Visitation” (Thomas Merton) Go, roads, to the four quarters of our quiet distance,While you, full moon, wise queen,Begin your evening journey to the hills of heaven,And travel no less stately in the summer skyThan Mary, going to the house of Zachary. The woods are silent with the sleep of doves,The valleys with the sleep of streams,And all our barns are happy with peace of cattle gone to rest.Still wakeful, in the fields, the shocks of wheatPreach and say prayers:You sheaves, make all your evensongs as sweet as ours,Whose summer world, all ready for the granary and … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Sorrows

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Cobre and the dance of the scared feminine

Our Lady Of Cobre and the dance of the sacred feminine ©2018 Alfred Eaker  Song for Our Lady of Cobre (Thomas Merton) The white girls lift their heads like trees, The black girls go Reflected like flamingoes in the street. The white girls sing as shrill as water, The black girls talk as quiet as clay. The white girls open their arms like clouds, The black girls close their eyes like wings: Angels bow down like bells, Angels look up like toys, Because the heavenly stars Stand in a ring: And all the pieces of the mosaic, earth, Get up and … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Cobre and the dance of the scared feminine