This is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a penitential season, and I definitely need to do some penance this Advent. Here is the opening stanza of a penitential poem by Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh (1904-1967; RIP):
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.
Read the rest of the poem here: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/advent/.
Odd trivia: Kavanagh was the sometime-boyfriend of traditionalist Catholic author Deirde Manifold (1914-2013; RIP). I refer you to this obituary, which lists Manifold’s published works on Catholic Social Teaching and the globalist conspiracy: http://www.politics.ie/forum/culture-community/208869-deirdre-manifold-rip.html. Here is another obituary by Kavanagh scholar Ger Considine: https://kavanaghthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/deirdre-manifold-rip/. Lastly, here is Considine’s filmed interview with Manifold: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpmGdeodo_g