2019 Jubilarians
Fr. Thomas Cummings, SJ

Glory be to God for dappled things
Fr. Thomas Cummings, SJ

50 Years in the Priesthood

Throughout my life and ministry, this poem has often rested in my heart and burst from my lips as I have contemplated and negotiated a world with all its complexity and diversity. So, I share it with you as an embodiment of my thoughts as I reflect on my 50 years as a priest and my more than 60 as a Jesuit.

Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

– Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ

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