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A gift

a gift

it was a gift given more than twenty years back
a penance given at confession’s end, pray this
he said: free me in the ways i need to be freed.
i took it and left, i prayed it that day
and left it there as that present became long past

free me in the ways i need to be freed
two decades later last saturday seated
in a different church city time expectation
it just popped up for the first time since:
free me in the ways i need to be freed.

i prayed it again and somewhere
deep or high in the beyond-sight
beyond-sound beyond god’s voice
announced: rouse the army let’s go
it’s not more than three or four days

in a lifetime i get invited to work with
this crazy-ass disciple at the roots where
it really counts where something matters
at the point that possibilities are born and
embraced; free him the sucker said

in the ways he needs to be freed, this
i cannot resist, unfurl the wings cage
the devil raise the sun and alert the Son
we are going to cut through the crap
and make a man real.

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A native of the North Shore of Boston, I currently live on Long Island, New York. I worked at Boston College as the Acting Director of The Church in the 21st Century Center until August, 2010 and served until November 2016 as Canon for Formation, and Dean of the George Mercer Jr. School of Theology of the Diocese of Long Island. I am now Rector at the Church of Saint Anselm of Canterbury in Shoreham, New York.

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