A Continual Feast: Words of Comfort and Celebration, by Jan Karon

By Jan Karon

For years, Mitford’s Father Tim Kavanagh has transcribed into his dog-eared journals phrases of knowledge, religion, and encouragement. Written in his personal hand or typed on his idiosyncratic Royal typewriter, a continuing ceremonial dinner includes the full of life rules, logic, profound knowledge, and simple strong humor he has gleaned from the likes of C. S. Lewis, Emily Dickinson, William Blake, Helen Keller, G. ok. Chesterton, and may Rogers, to call quite a few. including its winning better half quantity, Patches of Godlight, Father Tim’s newest quote magazine is certain evidence of the reality of an access from Lord Byron: “A small drop of ink produces that which makes millions think.” “The pleased center has a continuous feast.” —Proverbs 15: 15 NIV

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But we should remember that God has placed us in a specific community at a particular time. We’re called to love those around us. Loving them means serving them-and in doing so, we become the best of citizens. S. Lewis For several centuries famous birds have flown over the vast fields of poetry the swallow the nightingale the lark the skylark the linnet the hummingbird the raven the golden oriole and of course the phoenix have all been invited by poets to populate their forests decorate their skies and stuff their metaphors I ’m going to stick my neck out here for the discriminated birds / those that never or only rarely make an appearance those poor forgotten birds that are full of memory Ask Hope, C s ’ b’day and so here I write the canary the sparrow the thrush the blackbird the widow the starling the cardinal the turtledove the magpie the gardener the kingfisher the king-bird so that they can make their way into poetry at least this once even it it’s just /as on this occasion through the back door.

No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows: No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass: No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like skies at night : No time to turn at Beauty’s glance, And watch her feet, how they can dance: No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began? A poor life this if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. William Henry Davies, b. 1871 Reading yet again in the QuillerCouch edition, Oxford Bk Eng Verse 4/17 I am not a has-been.

I look at the individual. I can only love one person at a time. Mother Teresa Philanthropy from the Greek philanthropos, or lover of mankind As Christians, we can’t love the whole world. But we should remember that God has placed us in a specific community at a particular time. We’re called to love those around us. Loving them means serving them-and in doing so, we become the best of citizens. S. Lewis For several centuries famous birds have flown over the vast fields of poetry the swallow the nightingale the lark the skylark the linnet the hummingbird the raven the golden oriole and of course the phoenix have all been invited by poets to populate their forests decorate their skies and stuff their metaphors I ’m going to stick my neck out here for the discriminated birds / those that never or only rarely make an appearance those poor forgotten birds that are full of memory Ask Hope, C s ’ b’day and so here I write the canary the sparrow the thrush the blackbird the widow the starling the cardinal the turtledove the magpie the gardener the kingfisher the king-bird so that they can make their way into poetry at least this once even it it’s just /as on this occasion through the back door.

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