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Philip Metres is professor of English and director of the Peace, Justice and Human Rights program at John Carroll University. His latest poetry collection is Fugitive/Refuge. 

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I'd hear Mom groan, The Messiah, again?
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It's already late—where is the feast inside?
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Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows (Lk 12:7).
                            

But the ends of the earth
writhe in crazy fire, so I narrow
my eyes to count each strand
upon your sweet and tender head,

replenished by their number.
Midway in this thicket, a father
now, my own skull bared
by time’s flames, today I learn

for the first time the inside
of a girl’s hair, to brush the hair
beneath the hair. The generous

Denise Alexander and Madison Craig put the finishing touches on an Advent wreath at the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, Md., Nov. 30.
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During Advent a few years ago, I composed meditations each morning on the day’s scriptural readings as I experienced the season. This Advent journal was my experiment, my practice as a writer and a seeker, to anchor myself before each day pulled me in all its directions. I began with Scripture
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Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth...
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O unnamed & only son too soon slipped from tender clutch of unripe body
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In our global digital age, what can poetry and the arts do?
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So easy to mistake him for the crucifier,