Mary Bilderback is a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. She has taught biology at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey, for more than 25 years with the help of many poems. She continues to wonder how life can ever possibly hope to explain itself. She writes to pay attention.

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To make of our lives something beautiful

A morning glory opens in a vacant lot. A fish bumps the surface of a lake. (Amen.) Falling on our knees we say all there is to say about how we are to be here. Our mere astonishment has ripples.

A deep bow to the company summoned

Exactly what we need to hear: News about being — yours and mine. Who are you? Who do you say I am? What's life like for us on this planet?

A sacred reciprocity: a cross-kindom collaboration

"When death comes for me," he said, "I'm curious to meet her. I'm the last of my family and friends. I'm no longer afraid of dying alone. Within me," he looked down at his feet, "there is no alone. Same within within you." That was as clear a homily as I ever heard from my fisherman friend.

Welcome to the Holy Thursday Revolution

Now, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it's hand-washing that is the very big deal. We wash our own hands. Over and over. We wash them for each other: ritual — the Resilience of Reciprocity.