Commentary on Rudyard Kipling’s “If—”

The indifference to circumstance, the stress on self-reliance and endurance, and the utter belief that no one but you can hurt your virtue—all these fall squarely into classic Hellenistic philosophy.

Aeterna Pax Iesu (Poem)

The Lord His saints will ever bless, / As He has always done, and make me know / And with the cloud of witnesses confess, / “Aeternam pacem Iesu habeo!”

Cantate Domino (Poem)

Christ made the dirge of death to fail. / No more shall wail / The choristry / Of saints, for we shall be / The fugal echoes of our Lord.

Longing for Family

I know Your beauty’s day, Lord, soon will come;
Until then, bring my family safely home.

Atonement

And I, with unclean lips, cried, “Woe to me!”
As Jesus bled and did atonement make.