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Lenten Poems

by E. G. Happ
1998 - 2010

These collections of poems mark the annual silent retreat in West Cornwall, CT, sponsored by St. Francis' Church in Stamford. A silent retreat is probably as close as an Episcopalian gets to a monastic vow of silence. I having been attending these for ten years during Lent. At first it was strange. As a friend once said, "why would you go away with a group of friends for a long weekend and not be able to talk?" Yet, that is what we do. I find that the silence, meditations and picturesque setting make for a creative oasis in an otherwise busy life. It invites a turn inward for an uninterrupted period of time unmatched by anything else I've done. The connection I need in order to write requires the pause of silencing the analyst and listening to the creative. So each year, I have written a flurry of poems in response to things I've seen, heard and felt during the weekend of silence.

I hope you enjoy the poems. If you have thoughts or questions, please send me a note at . If one or more speaks to you, then I am doubly blessed. While on our web site, please take a look at the latest issue of The Fairfield Review at and consider supporting our work with your gifts.

--Ed Happ
Table of Contents - Poems

Lent, 2010No retreat this yearA poem a day for the 40 days+ of reflection
Lent, 2009Sarah Dylan Brewer"Being Here"
Lent, 2008Dr. Jonathan Linman "Benedictine Spirituality and the Modern World"
Lent, 2007Rev. Barbara Crafton"Death: The Lighter Side"
Lent, 2006Caroline & John Westerhoff"Make All Things New"
Lent, 2005Prof. Kathleen Deignan  "The Wisdom of the Desert"
Lent, 2004Rev. Richard McKeon "Faith in the Face of Fear"
Lent, 2003Hondi Brasco"Meeting Christ in the Depths of our Humanity"
Lent, 2002Rev. Gunnar Urang"See or Go Blind!" (John, Chap. 9)
Lent, 2001Rev. Barbara Crafton"Forgiveness"
Lent, 2000Bishop Herb Donovan"Contemplative Prayer"
Lent, 1999Mother Mary Madeline"The Inside Story is Out"
Lent, 1998Mother Molly McGreevy"God was paying a visit, and I was paying attention"

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