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Reflections on Integral Ecology by Sister Kay O’Connell

Inspired by the Poetry of Seamus Heaney


Between my finger and my thumb

The squat pen rests, snug as a gun.

Under my window, a clean rasping sound

When the spade sinks into gravelly ground:

My father digging.

By God, the old man could handle a spade.

Just like his old man.


My grandfather cut more turf in a day

Than any other man on Toner’s bog.

Nicking and slicing neatly, heaving sods

Over his shoulder, going down and down

For the good turf. Digging.


But I‘ve no spade to follow men like them.

Between my finger and my thumb

The squat pen rests.

I’ll dig with it.

Seamus Heaney (adapted)
Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1995



The Risen Christ, the man of Nazareth, is on the cutting edge of every spade,

needle, baseball, test tube, pen, page, word, brush, note, song, spoon

question, idea, pointer, piece of chalk, keyboard, ipad, desktop,

breath, thought, dream, and longing, straining ever forward

Christ Omega, the ultimate point of this evolving universe,

the Fire that drives cosmogenesis on to its Pleroma,

its unimaginable fulfillment in God.

~Kay O'Connell

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