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Pause and Ponder with Poetry in Advent series – Mary’s recital of ‘Advent’ by Patrick Kavanagh

Tonight, Mary brings you our Advent series with a beautiful recital of ‘Advent’ by Patrick Kavanagh, followed by the lighting of the first candle on the Advent wreath. Blessings


Advent by Patrick Kavanagh

We have tested and tasted too much, lover-
Through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder.
But here in the Advent-darkened room
Where the dry black bread and the sugarless tea
Of penance will charm back the luxury
Of a child’s soul, we’ll return to Doom
The knowledge we stole but could not use.

And the newness that was in every stale thing
When we looked at it as children: the spirit-shocking
Wonder in a black slanting Ulster hill
Or the prophetic astonishment in the tedious talking
Of an old fool will awake for us and bring
You and me to the yard gate to watch the whins
And the bog-holes, cart-tracks, old stables where Time begins.

O after Christmas we’ll have no need to go searching
For the difference that sets an old phrase burning-
We’ll hear it in the whispered argument of a churning
Or in the streets where the village boys are lurching.
And we’ll hear it among decent men too
Who barrow dung in gardens under trees,
Wherever life pours ordinary plenty.
Won’t we be rich, my love and I, and
God we shall not ask for reason’s payment,
The why of heart-breaking strangeness in dreeping hedges
Nor analyse God’s breath in common statement.
We have thrown into the dust-bin the clay-minted wages
Of pleasure, knowledge and the conscious hour-
And Christ comes with a January flower.

Click here to watch Mary’s ‘Pause and Ponder in November’ series here


Click here to watch Fr La’s Pause and Ponder reflections along the Pilgrim Path

The earlier reflections are also listed below:

Reflection: ‘Path and Shore’

Reflection: ‘Standing on the Seat’

Reflection: ‘What’s in a Name?’

Reflection: ‘Brought to the Light’

Reflection: ‘Written in Stone’

Reflection: ‘Seedtime on the Path’

Reflection: ‘The Bonnie Rowan Tree’

Reflection: ‘Harebells in August’

Reflection: ‘Fireweed’

Reflection: ‘A Wetland View’

Reflection: ‘Together on the Pilgrim Path’

Reflection: ‘Fairy Fingers’

Reflection: ‘Wayside in Detail’

Reflection: ‘Wayside in Bloom’

Reflection: ‘Pilgrim Rhododendrons

Reflection: ‘Another Oak’

Reflection: ‘The Only Oak’

Reflection: ‘Back where it Began’

Reflection: ‘Bluebells in May’

Reflection: ‘Three Mysteries’ 

Reflection: ‘The Quarry and the Cross’ 

Reflection: ‘Support Structure’ 

Reflection: ‘Roots Unseen’ 

Reflection: ‘The Path to Emmaus’

Reflection: ‘Birdsong Blessing’

Reflection: ‘Looking for Life’

Reflection: ‘The Rising Sap’

Reflection: ‘As If Brigid Might Forget’

Reflection: ‘Pilgrim Waters at Lough Derg’

Reflection: ‘Along the Pilgrim Path’

Reflection: ‘My Friends The Catkins’

Reflection: ‘Puddles on the Path’

Reflection: ‘Brigid at Lough Derg’

Reflection: ‘Fir Trees First’

Reflection: ‘Latching on the Lichens’

Reflection Frosty Lockdown 

Reflection Day of New Beginning

Reflection Muddy Tracks

Reflection ‘Midwinter Holly’

Reflection ‘Pilgrimage in the Frost’

Reflection ‘Old Roots, New Shoots’

Reflection ‘The Blessing of Space’ 

Reflection ‘Reflecting on Reflections’

Reflection ‘Insignificant Sphagnum’ 

Reflection ‘The Magic of Mushrooms’ 

Reflection ‘The Gift of the Rainbow’

Reflection ‘The Uphill Path’ 

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