Ashes to Easter

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Ashes to Easter

Lenten Meditations

Poetry, like prayer, speaks to the depths of human longing and is a special means of gesturing towards what is true and ineffable. These poems open a new window on the transformative process of Lent, informing and inspiring our spiritual journey.  

Christian poetry from Sister Maria Corona Crumback, I.H.M.; Jessica Powers; R.S. Thomas; George Herbert; Gordon Gilsdorf; and Brother Edward Siefert, F.S.C. will deepen and enliven the solemn soul quest of the forty days of Lent.

Each day contains:  
a Gospel reading
a brief contextual comment on the Gospel
a refrain or antiphone summarizing a core idea in the Gospel
a selection of poetry
a commentary on the poem
three questions for personal reflection
a concluding prayer

Reviews and endorsements

"This is a fine gift book that would be an appreciated Lenten gift—for a friend or for yourself."
The Bible Today

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"Morneau knows contemporary Christian poetry very well and the strength of the book is the variety and quality of poetic selections. One need not be a devotee of poetry to appreciate the insights of these writers; and the reflections and questions which the author provides open up new perspectives on the scriptures and the Lenten season."
Spiritual Book News

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"An especially inspiring way of bringing home the meaningfulness of the season. Highly recommended."
The Reader’s Review

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"This is a special book to pray with and to be enjoyed as the poetic revelations of our Lord are exposed."
Modern Liturgy


9780824517205
Paperback / 120 pages
Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 7 1/2
CROSSROAD, 1997