Select Sunday > Sunday Web Site Home > Spiritual Reflections > A Poem to Sit With

The righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.

core samplings

If you reverence and
respect all life

if you can forgive
and forget

if you wish peace
to all—and to none

if you do not judge
criticize or condemn

you have God’s heart
in your body

J. Janda

J. Janda’s poems have appeared in newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and literary publications, as well as in books of his own poetry.

The present poem comes from the Janda's book, In Embrace.

Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
from Religious Clip Art for the Liturgical Year (A, B, and C). This art may be reproduced only by parishes who purchase the collection in book or CD-ROM form. For more information go