Poet and Author

Deeper than words is the Word. Deeper than the abstract is the Incarnate. Deeper than prose is poetry. Therefore, if language is to be good, it must be in covenant with the truth. And if the truth is to be good, it must offer us the choice to give ourselves freely to it. In a word, it must be beautiful. And if the proud arm of Unbelief removes the trees called the True and the Good from the Garden, chopping them to stumps, then the tree called Beauty, pushing up from the homely root of self-giving love, will stretch out her bows and do the work of all three.

Recent Articles

Description of a Larry Dyke Painting

An ekphrastic poem is one attempting to convert a work of art or artisanship into a vivid verbal description. This poem describes a scenic work by Friendswood artist Larry Dyke, “Majestic Vision I”, painted in 1995.

Hopkins Gives the Windhover a Voice

I have meditated much on this poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, and it becomes deeper and richer the more I do. I see here the mystery that Simone Weil described as “seeing the smile of Christ through creation”. I see here what Dimitru  Staniloae describes, namely that we, as the image-bearers of the Creator, are commissioned […]

Three Servants on Your Day Off

You need three servants to ensure a good day off: rest, refreshment, and reflection. Your heavenly Father knows you need them, for you are both clay and treasure, both biology and mystery: precious to Him. To rest is to trust your Father with your unfinished business. Like a cloud of gnats about our faces, there […]


Why are we here? Where are we going?
Ray Mayhew Articles Revised by Kurt

  • Choose Joy

    In a world whose troubles dwarf our own, is joy possible—even permissible?

  • The Bridge Called Beauty

    Innocent beauty welcomes us. It disarms our defenses and leads us to the borders of virtue,  justice, and the mystery of God. Why?

  • Life-Giving Limitations

    Freedom and joy come by the acceptance of our limitations, by realizing that in fact these actually define who I am as a unique person.

  • The Gardener of Eden

    The Hebrew verbs communicate a distinct personality and tender ethos of the “LORD God” as he introduces himself to the reader.

  • The Dialogue of the Gift

    We must realize that creation does not only say something about glory of God, but equally something about the value of mankind.

  • Man as Microcosm & Mediator

    Through us the world is transfigured from a mute wonder to a living, active offering back to the creator. We alone can do this because of our unique identity as both bodily creatures and spiritual beings.