Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez

 

Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez, although the son of a wealthy family, served for forty-five years as a doorkeeper at the Jesuit college in Majorca. Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem reminds us that saints are also made of those who serve in quietness.

HONOUR is flashed off exploit, so we say;
And those strokes once that gashed flesh or galled shield
Should tongue that time now, trumpet now that field,
And, on the fighter, forge his glorious day.
On Christ they do and on the martyr may;
But be the war within, the brand we wield
Unseen, the heroic breast not outward-steeled,
Earth hears no hurtle then from fiercest fray.

Yet God (that hews mountain and continent,
Earth, all, out; who, with trickling increment,
Veins violets and tall trees makes more and more)
Could crowd career with conquest while there went
Those years and years by of world without event
That in Majorca Alfonso watched the door.

 

 

470px-Francisco_de_Zurbarán_069.jpg

Francisco de Zurbaran – The Vision of Saint  Alphonso Rodriguez

 

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Art, Catholic, Catholic Feasts, Poetry, Saints, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s