A QUESTION OF FAITH

Poems and Stories rooted in my faith

A CROSS FOR YOU

A cross for you, A symbol of your sacrifice

A GOOD CHRISTIAN

Dorothy spinster of this parish With her sister taught Sunday school For over fifty years Both good Methodists and good Christians Their lives dedicated to the church

A GOOD TIME GIRL

If it’s a fallen angel you require If it’s a good time girl you desire

A HEART OF PERFECT LOVE

A heart of perfect love

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

Wear your smile Enjoy Life If only for awhile Enjoy the moment It’s a special gift That’s heaven sent Life and death Are separated By a single breath Then more or less

A MOST GRIEVOUS SIN

A most grievous sin To depucelate the purity

A PASSING SOUL

Unflinching faith is much admired To pass with dignity is what's desired

A PASSING SOUL

Unflinching faith is much admired To pass with dignity is what's desired Slipping quietly away in to the light And with passed loved ones, reunite Let slip the earthly bonds, external

A SONG TO SING IN HEAVEN

A song to sing in heaven

ALL ABOUT EVE

For Adam God created Eve in Eden But Adam wondered about Gods reason You made her with such beauty why? So she would always please your eye Why did you make her skin like velvet?

ANGEL IN THE CROWN

Angel in the crown

ARCHANGEL MICHAEL

Archangel Michael Lucifer’s nemesis

ARE YOU WEARING A CRUCIFIX?

Are you wearing a crucifix? Is it God’s grace you are appeasing?

ARE YOU WEARING IT FOR THE CRAIC?

Are you wearing it for the craic? Surely the convent will want it back

ASCENSION DAY

Ascension Day Is the fortieth day

AT THE END OF HIS LONG LIFE

At the end of his long life A Godly man passes into heaven

B.H.A

British Humanist Association Pro human rights

BANG

Bang! Isn’t that how it all began? Scientists tell us so Like the gospels Darwin’s disciples preach it Talking of the creation myth And the big bang theory

BE AT PEACE WITH LIFE

Be at peace with life Live in the light

BELTANE

Beltane, on May 1 st Is one of the four

BEYOND THE SILVER MOUNTAINS

Beyond the silver mountains Lies the undiscovered country

BY GODS GRACE

At the end I am serenely at peace

CANDLE OF HIS LIGHT

Candle of His light Cast your goodness

CHILDISH PRAYER

When I was a boy I prayed to god For a new bike for me Than I realized that god Doesn’t work like that you see So I stole one instead And asked him to forgive me

CHRIST THE REDEEMER

Christ the redeemer He died on the cross

COME WITH ME NOW

At his bedside The gentle angel stood Watching as he slept

CROSS OF THE LIVING GOD # 1

Cross of the living God Cast your gentle shadow

CROSS OF THE LIVING GOD # 2

Cross of the living god Shine into the darkness

CROSS OF THE LIVING GOD # 3

Cross of the living God Shine light into the darkness

DARWINS DESIGN

There is, today, a fierce debate Well in America at any rate Darwinism is again causing friction Some claim his work to be a fiction And his “Origin of the Species”

DEAR LORD

As to the lord God he was praying A little boy was overheard saying By his auntie Irene and Uncle Roy “If you can’t make me a better boy Please don't worry about it then

DEAR LORD PROTECT

Dear lord protect The soldiers on the line And grapes upon the vine The policemen on the beat The homeless on the street The elderly and the frail The Transgressors in the jail

DEAR LORD PROTECT

Dear lord protect The soldiers on the line

DESIGN FOR LIFE

When you look out Across the cityscape

ETIQUETTE OF THE CONFESSIONAL

Young Priest Benedict was nervous about hearing his first confession So he decided to ask an old Priest, John to sit in on his first session

EXPRESSIONS OF FAITH

HE IS He is the earth The wind and the fire He is the sun That rises in the east And sets in the west He is the tree in bud And the mare in foal He is the rain that gently falls

FAITH

Faith is such a simple concept It’s so simple It’s just about belief It’s so completely uncomplicated You just have to believe No strings attached Just unconditionally believe

FAITH IS LIKE # 1

Faith is like electricity

FAITH IS LIKE # 2

Faith is like electricity

FATHER, SON &

A Sunday school teacher asked her class, "What was the name of Jesus' mother?"

FILL MY CUP WITH CHEER

Fill my cup with cheer Dear Lord

FIRST GOD CREATED ADAM

First God created Adam Then from Adams rib, created Eve But why did God make man first Why was a woman, not first conceived? Well if the truth be told God created Adam first you see

FLAXEN HAIRED ANGEL

Flaxen haired angel Spellbinding in white

FORGIVENESS

I find it hard to forgive But we are taught we must

FORGIVENESS

I find it hard to forgive But we are taught we must

GOD AND SCIENCE

I believe in God I believe him to be the creator The creator of heaven and earth Of the stars and the planets I believe him to be the creator of the universe The scientific community

GOD IS

God is goodness God is love God and love Go hand in glove God is blessed God is hope God and hope Will help us cope God is loving God is peace God and peace Will never cease

GOD IS IN MY FINGERS

God is in my fingers When I play guitar

GOD IS ON THE WEB

God is on the Web waiting for your prayer You can easily find Him if you look around

GOD ONLY

Yes I believe in God I believe in God the father of all I believe in the Ten Commandments God handed to Moses A better set of rules to live your life by Does not exist

GOD SAT UPON HIS THRONE

God sat upon his throne In the presence of the chosen

GOD WINDS THE CLOCK OF LIFE

God winds the clock of life, It is wound but once

GODS DEVOTEES

You will find in any holy place Every up turned face

GOD’S ETERNAL LIGHT

God’s eternal light

GOOD BYE BABY DOLL

You lie alone So small, so fragile Boxed like a doll

HAVE FAITH

OUT OF THE MOUTH’S OF BABES –PRAYER Megan a little four-year-old was heard praying Well it was the lords prayer that she was saying And she said "And forgive us our trash baskets

HAVE FAITH

Have faith

HE BELIEVES IN YOU

Humanists and atheists Refute God’s existence But in all honesty They mount a futile resistance Because for all their vehement Creation of fuss The great lord God

HE IS

He is the earth The wind and the fire He is the sun That rises in the east And sets in the west He is the tree in bud And the mare in foal He is the rain that gently falls

HEAVENLY BODIES

The sun gifts us With warmth and light Endowing and sustaining The green earth with life Then when day is done After the setting of the sun The Moons silvery disk appears

HEAVENS GATE

Teardrops stain my cheeks Now my love you’ve gone Gone to join the angels throng As sad and lonely I live on I am comforted to know In my sadness and despair

HELL DOES NOT HAVE TO BE

Hell does not have to be

HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO

A hero, a myth a legend An idea? A tale or fable With a grain of truth And come the time He will be there At the right time To rescue us all What hero? A name gently whispered on the breeze

HOPE SITS PATIENTLY

Hope sits patiently Upon its primordial throne

I AM SO BLESSED

I am so blessed To have a family

I DIDN’T SAY WHY ME?

When I was first diagnosed I didn’t say why me?

I DON’T BELIEVE IT

The problem is when faith is lost It isn’t that we believe in nothing But rather the opposite is true We start to believe in anything

I HAVE ALWAYS HAD FAITH

I have always had faith An unaccountable Unshakable faith

I HAVE AN ANGEL ON MY DASHBOARD

I have an Angel on my dashboard

I LIVED IN A CHASM OF EMPTINESS

I lived in a chasm of emptiness A dark void of loneliness

I PRAY FOR PEACE

I pray for peace around the world Each day on bended knee

I THANK THE LORD ABOVE

I thank the lord above As I stand in the quiet of the morn And when spring lambs are born For the fields so full of flowers And the peace of the twilight hours I thank the lord above

IF NOT

If not the lord Then what? Raiki? Yoga? Or feng shui Worshiping the elements The sun and the moon A return to chaos Pagan times Before the fisher of men Cast his net If not our lord Then who?

IF NOT

If not the Lord Then what? Raiki?

IMBOLC

Imbolc, on February 1 st Is one of the four
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IN GOD WE TRUST

Have faith In the being from afar

IN GOD’S NAME

In God’s name, for centuries They waged their holy wars Singing songs to God As they march in their corps In God’s name, across the years From home to foreign shores

IN HYMNS AND PSALMS REJOICING

In hymns and psalms rejoicing

IN THE COMPANY OF ANGELS

If I am the first to go I will wait for you in the place Where the crowns of Angels glow

IN THE NAME OF GOD

Early on a September morning Both towers struck without a warning Heat and smoke and twisted steel This New York City scene surreal A familiar skyline forever changed

IN THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS

When the world Appears a troubled place When you see pain

INDEED

When you do a good deed Get a receipt in my view

JAMES THE GREATER

The legend of James Apostle of the lord And Christ’s appointed

JESUS

He travels the four winds He is everywhere.

JOSHUA, JOSHUA

"God with us", or Emmanuel "A savior"

KING OF LOVE

The king of kings lord in heaven above Holds the power in His kingdom of love Not love of power but the power of love

LET HIM IN

Let god within your heart Fill the void of darkness Filled with love and joy Let his love envelope Your being Let him bring light Where dark once dwelt Let him bring love

LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Light of the world

LOOK ON US WITH LOVE

Sung to the tune of the traditional German folk song “Kinderlied”

LOVE OF GOD

Our God above loves us
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LUGHNASADH

Lughnasadh, on August 1 st Is one of the four

MALACHI’S WORDS

I sat by her bedside As she lay motionless

MENAKA

One of the Apsara Menaka is a female spirits Of the clouds and waters

MICHAELMAS DAY

Feast of the Archangels

MY LIFELONG FRIEND

My Lord Jesus Christ is with me He has been my lifelong friend

MY SOUL WAS FORGED IN HEAVEN

My soul was forged in heaven And my heart was filled with love

NEVER OVER REACH

Never confuse, without exception Excellence with perfection

OH GOD IN HEAVEN

Oh God in heaven I thank you

OH GOD IN HEAVEN LORD ABOVE ALL

To the tune of “The gypsy girls dream” (I Dreamt That I Dwelt in Marble Halls) From an opera The Bohemian Girl composed by Michael Balfe. Oh God in heaven Lord above all

OH GUARDIAN ANGEL

Oh guardian angel Please watch over me

ON THE BLACK LAKE

John, in his boat one grey autumn day Bobbing on the lakes black water His heart gripped by blackness As he sobbed for the loss of his daughter His blood ran cold through his veins

ONE FOR THE POT

Two missionaries are cooking in a pot The natives are dancing round a lot Every fifth circuit the dancers made One man broke away from the parade And with his club he hit a missionary

ONE MAN AND HIS DOG

A man and his dog were walking along a lane. Both enjoying the scenery and the terrain, When suddenly a thought pooped into his And he realized that he was actually dead.

ONE OF THE TWELVE - JAMES THE GREATER

One of the twelve James the greater Son of Zebedee

ONE OF THE TWELVE - JAMES THE LESSER

One of the twelve James the lesser

ONE OF THE TWELVE - MATTHEW THE APOSTLE

One of the twelve Matthew the Apostle

ONE OF THE TWELVE - SIMON PETER

One of the twelve Simon Peter The son of John

ONE OF THE TWELVE - THADDEUS THE APOSTLE

One of the twelve Thaddeus the apostle Also known as Jude

OPEN UP YOUR BARREN HEART

Open up your barren heart Light a candle in the dark

OUR SARAH

A three-year-old called Sarah Was reciting the lords prayer "Our Father, Who does art in heaven Harold is his name Amen."

OUT OF THE MOUTH'S OF BABES ' THOU SHALT NOT

In our church's Sunday school class our children Have been learning about the Ten Commandments After the class had studied hard about the first nine

OUT OF THE MOUTH'S OF BABES - CHILDISH GRACE

Catherine was having a dinner and some friends were invited At the table, she turned to her six-year-old daughter and said "Would you say grace?" "I don't know what to say," she replied "Just say what you hear Mummy say," the husband then plied

OUT OF THE MOUTH’S OF BABES – DOWN ON THE BEACH

A Dad was on the beach with his children When his four-year-old son ran up to him, Took his hand and dragged to the shore Where a seagull lay dead in the sand before him

OUT OF THE MOUTH’S OF BABES – QUIET CLASS

A Sunday school teacher once asked her children As they were on the way to their own church service "Why is it necessary for us to be quiet in church?"

OUT OF THE MOUTH’S OF BABES – THE CHRISTENING

After the christening of his baby brother in church, All the way home Jamie sat in the car and cries His father asked him over and over what the matter was

OUT OF THE MOUTH’S OF BABES – THE LORDS PRAYER

Three year old Katie had been learning The Lords prayer with her mother each night She would repeat each line after her mother Practicing and practising to get it right

OUT OF THE MOUTH’S OF BABES –PRAYER

Megan a little four-year-old was heard praying Well it was the lords prayer that she was saying And she said "And forgive us our trash baskets As we forgive those who put trash in our baskets"

PENTECOST SUNDAY

Pentecost Sunday is The Feast of Weeks White Sunday

POPE EYE

When the Holy Father Went to Mount Olive

PRAYER

I pray to my god When my heart is full And when it is empty When I just need to speak And when I need an answer When I have joy to share And when at my lowest I pray to my god

PURE WHITE DOVE

Pure white dove

PURE WHITE DOVE

Pure white dove

RAMBHA

One of the Apsara Rambha is a female spirits Of the clouds and waters

RCS V RHS

A surgeon was in deep discussion with a horticulturist On whether or not the immortal soul does actually exist The medic began “I have been a surgeon for many a year

RED DAWN

The Red Dawn of a new day A glimpse of heaven

RELIGIOUS SHIT MAN

Religions of the World can tell us many things Words of wisdom for all from paupers to kings For example wise Confucius say, "shit happen" Mormons think shit happens again & again

REVEREND FOGHORN LEGHORN

Reverend Foghorn Leghorn

SAINT BRIGIT OF KILDARE

Saint Brigit of Kildare Or Brigid of Ireland
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SAMHAIN

Samhain, on November 1 st Is one of the four

SENT FROM ON HIGH

Sent from on high So heavenly demure

SIMPLE FAITH

Faith is a very simple thing Between you and your God King

SIMPLY PHILOSOPHICAL # 1

The lion and the calf Shall lie down together

SIMPLY PHILOSOPHICAL # 2

A very simple rule I was always taught

SING IN PRAISE TO GOD ON HIGH

Sing in praise To God on high

ST MARTIN OF TOURS

He started out as a Roman soldier But was baptized as an adult

ST. JAMES THE MOOR SLAYER

On a battlefield in Galicia Upon the cry of Santiago

THANK YOU

Thank you for the morning For the new day dawning

THANK YOU LORD FOR BEING THERE

Thank you Lord for being there And bathing us in your blessed care

THE ASTI

I think I am no ordinary man Which begins my monologue I am Dyslexic and an Atheist But to complete my catalogue Now I am an Insomniac as well And I no longer sleep like a log

THE ATHEISTS LAST WORDS

The atheist spent his whole life Denying the existence of a deity

THE BORN AGAIN GOD

Kneeling before the cross, A simple sign of faith
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THE CHARGE OF THE DARK BRIGADE

The scroll of the seven seals Rested in God's right hand Until he bade his son

THE CHOIRS OF HEAVENLY HOSTS

The Choirs of Heavenly hosts The angels, Archangels

THE CHRISTENING

Nanny had unwrapped The christening gown Handed down through

THE DOVE OF PEACE

The dove of peace

THE FEAST OF ST MARTIN OF TOURS

St. Martin's Day, Or the Feast of St. Martin,

THE GOOD AGAINST THE EVIL

The good against the evil

THE GOOD BOOK

The good book A trusty tome

THE HOST OF STREET ANGELS

Spread the good news By any means you choose

THE LIFE THOU GAVEST LORD IS ENDING

The life thou gavest Lord is ending The darkness falls at Thy behest

THE LOVE OF CHRIST

The love of Christ

THE SAINTS AND THE ANGELS

The Saints and the Angels Watch over us all the year round

THE SUN RULES IN DAYLIGHT HOURS

The Sun rules in daylight hours Shining light across the shadow

THE VICARIOUS VICAR

The Reverend Hinton Brought many couples,

THE WORD

You will find comfort In His Holy Word

THE YOUNG MONK AND THE ABBOTT

One day many years in the past A young monk arrived at a monastery. To assist other monks with the canon and laws By making hand written copies But he notices very quickly

THERE

You are there When I face adversity And in times of conflict When I encounter trajedy or loss You are there When I experience joy And at times of happiness

THEY FOLLOW THEIR HEARTS

They follow their hearts

TILLOTTAMA

One of the Apsara Tillottama is a female spirits

TROUBLE IN PARADISE

It was not the apple on the tree That caused the trouble you see

TRUST IN HIM

Trust in Him each day He is dependable always

UBIQUITOUS GOD

Omnipresent, Omnipotent Omniscient being

UNDER THE BLUE AND SUNNY SKY

Under the blue and sunny sky I open my heart and sing

UPRIGHT CHRISTIANS

The puritans have acted radically By banning fornicating vertically Only missionary style resembling No table ending or knee trembling What made them take the measure?

URVASHI

Urvashi, Apsara Of the clouds and waters

VIOLENCE TURNS THE WORLD

Violence turns the world Into a smouldering ruin

VOICES IN PRAYER ARE NEVER SILENT

Voices in prayer are never silent

WALK WITH GOD ALONG THE PATH OF LIFE

Walk with God along the path of life When a spring is in your step

WE LIVE IN A CYNICAL WORLD

We live in a cynical world So why should we believe

WE STILL BELIEVE IN YOU

Master of the universe Great architect of nature

WE’LL REACH OUR GOD

We’ll reach our God, In heavens palaces

WHAT’S THE STORY?

What’s the story?

WHEN LOVE FILLS THE HEART

When love fills the heart Until it overflows

WHEN YOU ARE DOWNCAST

When you are downcast

WHERE DO YOU STAND?

Just standing in a palace doesn’t make you a Tsar

WHERE WAS GOD?

When Haiti shook And the old colonial

WHO IS THERE

Who is there? In my darkest hours When pain wracks my body When dark thoughts plague me Who is it who sustains me? Who is there? At times of anguish When I feel so alone

WHO WILL WEEP FOR ME?

Who will weep for me? When the pain ends Who will cry for me? No Family or friends Who will even notice? When I am at peace Who will weep for me? At my merciful release Who at my absence Will shed a single tear

WHY AM I HERE?

If it's true as the Church tells us so That we are here to help others galore

WISE CONFUCIUS

Wise Confucius spoke about his creed Do not walk behind me for I may not lead Do not walk ahead of me for I may not follow Do not walk beside me for the path is narrow

WITHIN THE SILENT ECHO

Within the silent echo Of the last rites

YESHUA (JESUS)

Yeshua, you are Our hope of salvation

YOU MAKE MY LIFE WHOLE

You make my life whole

YOU MAY NOT ALWAYS ANSWER

You may not always answer

YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE

He lived his life in the shadows

WE LOVE YOU STREET ANGELS

They are a constant about the place They are the friendly face

ARE YOU WEARING MORMON GARMENTS?

Are you wearing Mormon garments? The ones like cool white milk

DYSLEXIC, AGNOSTIC, INSOMNIAC

Dyslexic, agnostic, insomniac

WHERE THE CROWNS OF ANGELS GLOW

If I am the first of us to go I will wait for you in the place Where the crowns of Angels glow

WHAT DO YOU WANT BUD?

I saw a Buddhist monk today At a hot dog stand The cook stood at the griddle Doing his thing “What can I make you” was his Gruff demand The monk replied, “ Make me one

THE FEAST DAY OF SAINT BRIGIT

The feast day of Saint Brigit

SISTER AGATHA AT THE CONVENT

Sister Agatha, at the convent

NONRELIGIOUS KIDS ARE ILL-INFORMED

Nonreligious kids are ill-informed When asked the difference between

THE FEAST DAY OF SAINT COLUMBA

The feast day of Saint Columba

COULD JESUS HAVE BEEN BLACK?

Could Jesus have been Black?
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HEAR THE HEAVENLY ANGEL SING

Hear the heavenly angel sing, Perched with the host on high

COULD JESUS HAVE BEEN JEWISH?

Could Jesus have been Jewish? It is the most likely eventuality