I’ve been on a poetry kick recently, so I thought it would be fun to comb our archives for poems by and about saints…
Here are the poems that I found:
*** Also, Recommended Stories of the Saints
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Would I might wake St. Francis in you all,
Brother of birds and trees, God’s Troubadour,
Blinded with weeping for the sad and poor;
Our wealth undone, all strict Franciscan men,
Come, let us chant the canticle again
Of mother earth and the enduring sun.
God make each soul the lonely leper’s slave;
God make us saints, and brave.
Three poems about St. Francis
Three poems by Therese de Lisieux
St. Teresa of Avila – “Christ has no Body“
“The Death of St. Brendan” – J.R.R. Tolkien
“St. Patrick’s Breastplate”
Longfellow – The Ladder of St. Augustine
St. Francis De Sales – William Edward Heygate
St. John of the Cross “Stanzas of the Soul”
St. John of the Cross “Spiritual Canticle” –
[ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ]
Tania Runyan – Blessed are the Merciful
(Amish Schoolhouse Shooting)
Saint Therese of Lisieux – To Joan of Arc
Surely there are other favorite poems by/about saints that are not included on this list…
What others would you include?
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“God make us saints, and brave.” As we say in Kentucky: “That there’ll preach!”
Yeah, that poem is one of my favorites!