Light The Fire

At close of day

As folk retire to bed

The fire of day dies down

An ashes bed

And ashes raked

Protect the sleeping flame

Till morning stirs

And life begins again


A new day brings

More turf upon the fire

Life is stirred once more

A leaping flame

Tea is made

And boxty

And breakfast on the table

The world is warmed once more

The happy home


Pope John called a council

Stirred the embers

Lit a fire

Renewed a dormant church

Now Francis calls a synod

Asks the question

Stir into flame

A church that needs so much


Brian Fahy

11 October 2021


+ The Second Vatican Council began on this day 11th October 1962.

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