‘My Novices: late 1950s’, by Brother Paul Quenon

Young men came
looking for
–don’t know what–
Left the place
looking for
–don’t know what–
Of these I had no regrets.

Some came, seemed like
looking–
heard some talk about
–what–
stayed awhile
and left
talking like– Well,–
like somewhat.

Serious young men came looking.
took up talk about,
–don’t know what,
stayed long and left
talking
about everything what-not.

Some came completely
clear and sure about
what–
Those I sent away.

Silent young men, a few,
came looking for–
don’t know what–
stayed
and kept on looking
stayed and never got to
what–
wore out,
died,
had never stopped looking for
what–
For these I have no regrets.

All of these I loved, but
seems the part I loved the best
was–
don’t know what–

[HT: PBS Religion & Ethics]

3 thoughts on “‘My Novices: late 1950s’, by Brother Paul Quenon

  1. From Frank Brennan, Australian Jesuit priest and social justice advocate:
    On being a priest – I wouldn’t be a priest if I was 21 today. I am one of the last generations of Irish Catholics whose families made it professionally and were comfortable with the church. I love being a Jesuit but I can’t honestly say I would join now.

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  2. He doesn’t. Although he does mention having fallen in love three times, the first time at Uni before becoming a priest. As well, he said he doesn’t believe in miracles!

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