9 Days of Novena
Enjoy the poem and use the suggestions for the 9 days if they help.
God’s Grandeur by G.M.Hopkins
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
Day 1 charged – electrical force – energy
Where have you experienced the power of God? Where do you see God’s huge creative energy?
Day 2 shook foil – sudden flashes of light.
Ask God for inspiration. Notice what surprises you today.
Day 3 why do men then now not reck his rod?
A day to confess our own forgetfulness of God and our part in a world oblivious of God.
Day 4 all is seared with trade, bleared, smeared…
A day to recall our exploitation of the planet and pray for better industrial practices.
Day 5 nor can foot feel, being shod
What does it feel like to be bare foot? When do you feel most vulnerable?
Day 6 nature is never spent
A day to recall the delight of the changing seasons. What do you notice today?
Day 7 the dearest freshness
Pray for renewal: for hope to be renewed and for unexpected delight for yourself and others who may feel dry or weary.
Day 8 the Holy Ghost….broods with warm breast...
Thank God for his loving nurturing. Pray for the life of God to be reborn in you.
Day 9 Read the whole poem again. Spend some time with whatever has most caught your attention.