Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

At Midday...

At Midday I see the church open.
It draws me within.
I come, Mother of Jesus Christ,
Not to pray.
I have nothing to bring you,
Or to ask of you.
I only come, O Mother,
To gaze at you,
To see you, to cry simply out of joy,
Because I know that I am your child,
and that you are there...

Paul Claudel


  1. Mary is inviting us in. How lovely.

  2. Yes, invited in as were the shepherds outside Bethlehem. And when we enter and see her - it is in her maternity. The little chapel in the accompanying photo is the LaLeche Shrine at St Augustine, Florida. The image behind the altar is very lovely - Mary nursing the Infant Christ.

  3. The image and the poem go hand in hand. Mary, our mother, does not play favorites. She loves us all.

    1. Yes, it is the second lesson at Mass today: the Letter of St. John. "See what love the Father has bestowed on us in letting us be called children of God...yet that is who we are." The joy of being Catholic is that we know this is what's true for every person on the planet and we call others (often including Catholics) to become aware of and to celebrate what is already true. BTW: Muslims love the Virgin Mary!

  4. To feel welcomed. We need more of that.