Do you have time to read poetry? People have responded to this question in a variety of ways. I don't have time to wash my clothes. I don t have time to cut the lawn. I don t have time to go for a Sunday drive in the country. I don t have time to pray. I don t have time for play. I don t have time just to waste with those I love. Poetry is absorbing. Poetry is engaging. Poetry reaches into the facility of play. Poetry calls out to human freedom by speaking to heart and mind together at the same moment unraveling human nature before one has the time to stop its invasion. What good could come from that? The gift of realizing that one is made for more than work. The gift of experiencing one's self as interacting with the world of beauty. The gift of being restored to the person you always knew you were. Robert Fabing, S.J.

Fr. Robert Fabing, S.J. is a Jesuit priest and San Francisco native who lives and works at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, California where he founded the Jesuit Institute for Family Life International Network, a world-wide network of marriage counseling and family therapy centers. (JIFLiNET.COM) He also directs the Thirty Day Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Fr. Fabing has authored five books. The Eucharist of Jesus: A Spirituality of the Eucharistic Celebration; Experiencing God in Daily Life: The Habit of Reflection on Love, Joy, Need, Fear, Sorrow, Anger; Real Food: A Spirituality of the Eucharist; The Spiritual Life: Recognizing the Holy; Discipleship in Christ: Growing in Daily Spirituality. He is a senior architect for the catechism Finding God (Grades 1-8). He is also the gifted composer of eleven CDs of liturgical music: Indwelling, Be Like the Sun, Song of the Lamb, Winter Risen, Everlasting Covenant, Adoramus, Shadow of My Wings, Let Me Follow, Your Song of Love, Only Your Love, Mass for Teresa of Calcutta.