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“Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile.”

Christ Our Earth

We may learn that
we are
rooted in Christ

that regardless
the atmosphere

regardless our
stunted growth

regardless our
daily dyings

we have the

we are the

to bloom

because of
our earth

because of
our atmosphere

we are the seed
the Father’s hand
we are
the breaking shell
down roots reaching
our shoots
up stretching toward
our Maker

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