Loyola in March

Loyola is one of the resident homes at the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Demontreville in Minnesota.

Loyola is one of the resident homes at the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Demontreville in Minnesota.

Loyola stands atop the lake

Above the snow and ice

Illumined by the warming sun

A rampart clothed in white

As I step up to its porch

I yearn for summer days

Into this chair I settle down

Up to the sky I gaze

My bones are cold, my fingers numb

My soul still chilled and raw

Though winter ebbs, my spirit, Lord

Will need some time to thaw

Undaunted by the cold thick skin

Of three long months of frost

The rays of March pierce through the shield

Betraying winter’s loss

Tears falling from Loyola’s eave

Splashing near my feet

The cadence like a drummer’s lead

A quick and timely beat

I close my eyes and breathe it in

The warmth of God’s sweet grace

It permeates De Montreville

This hallowed, sacred space

My visit to Loyola’s porch

Too brief, but it must be

I yield this chair to you my friend

As it was left for me

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