PRAYING THE PASCHAL MYSTERY

by Brother Tom O’Dempsey

The use of a Religious Brother’s prayer-poems for daily reflection

An exercise in living the Paschal Mystery through contemplation

The focus is on “Paschal living – Our Ascension to God in Christ … Humanity uplifted to the Divine”

I have given over this space on my website to allow the publication of poetry by Brother Tom O’Dempsey, who is now in his seventies. This poetry is deeply prayerful, and springs from his many years as a Secondary teacher, as a full-time teacher in prisons, and as a contemplative. His background is Catholic, and his poetry reflects this. Yet the poetry is deeply ecumenical and Gospel-based.

Brother Tom has been prolific in his writings, and he offers them as a gift to anyone who wishes to imbibe their spirit of prayerfulness and joyful openness to Jesus Christ.

Feel free to copy any of these poems for personal or group use, but not for publication.

Brother Tom says:

“Heartfelt thanks to Mr Patrick Oliver, my spiritual director since 2002, on whose website all my poetry is generously on offer.

Heartfelt thanks also too Br Kev McDade CFC, my friend since 1967, who has so very selflessly typed my poetry (1400 poems to 2024!).”

Br Tom O’Dempsey, now in his 80’s, has been a member of a Catholic religious Order for fifty years plus, in Queensland, Australia. His life has been divided into three key ministries:

Firstly, his calling as a Secondary Teacher of religion and humanities subjects, for sixteen years.

Secondly, his calling to a full-time teaching prison ministry, with courses on self-knowledge, personal relationships, anger management, and drug and alcohol education. This was also for sixteen years.

Thirdly, a perhaps deeper call to a contemplative prayer ministry since 1999 until now – hopefully as A Praying Heart For Others, sans frontiers.

The enduring focus of these prayer-poems is the Paschal Mystery, with a particular emphasis on Abba’s Embrace of the Ascended Jesus – and thus, of us. This Embrace is the focus of all our prayer, of our being en-Spirited for Mission, and of communing in the intimacy of the Fellowship within the Trinity.



 

FINDING A POEM …
 

These poems are arranged chronologically: 1960 – 2024.

(Press on the Folio link to go to the poems)

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet A

Folio 1    Poems 1-20

Folio 2    Poems 21-40

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet B

Folio 3    Poems 41-60

Folio 4    Poems 61-80

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet C

Folio 5    Poems 81-100

Folio 6    Poems 101-120

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet D

Folio 7    Poems 121-140

Folio 8   Poems 141-160

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet E

Folio 9    Poems 161-180

Folio 10   Poems 181-200

Folio 11   Poems 201-220

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet F

Folio 12   Poems 221-240

Folio 13   Poems 241-260

Folio 14   Poems 261-280

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet G

Folio 15   Poems 281-299

Folio 16   Poems 300-319

Folio 17   Poems 320-339

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet H

Folio 18   Poems 340-359

Folio 19   Poems 360-379

Folio 20   Poems 380-399

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet I

Folio 21   Poems 400-419

Folio 22   Poems 420-439

Folio 23   Poems 440-459

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet J

Folio 24   Poems 460-479

Folio 25   Poems 480-499

Folio 26   Poems 500-519

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet K

Folio 27   Poems 520-539

Folio 28   Poems 540-559

Folio 29   Poems 560-579

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet L

Folio 30   Poems 580-599

Folio 31   Poems 600-619

Folio 32   Poems 620-639

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet M

Folio 33   Poems 640-659

Folio 34   Poems 660-679

Folio 35   Poems 680-699

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet N

Folio 36   Poems 700-719

Folio 37   Poems 720-739

Folio 38   Poems 740-759

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet O

Folio 39   Poems 760-779

Folio 40   Poems 780-799

Folio 41   Poems 800-819

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet P

Folio 42   Poems 820-839

Folio 43   Poems 840-859

Folio 44   Poems 860-879

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet Q

Folio 45   Poems 880-899

Folio 46   Poems 900-919 

Folio 47   Poems 920-939

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet R

Folio 48   Poems 940-959

Folio 49   Poems 960-979

Folio 50   Poems 980-999

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet S

Folio 51   Poems 1000-1019

Folio 52   Poems 1020-1039

Folio 53   Poems 1040-1059

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet T

Folio 54   Poems 1060-1079

Folio 55   Poems 1080-1099

Folio 56   Poems 1100-1119

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet U

Folio 57   Poems 1120-1139

Folio 58   Poems 1140-1159

Folio 59   Poems 1160-1179

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet V

Folio 60   Poems 1180-1199

Folio 61   Poems 1200-1219

Folio 62   Poems 1220-1239

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet W

Folio 63   Poems 1240-1259

Folio 64   Poems 1260-1279

Folio 65   Poems 1280-1299

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet X

Folio 66   Poems 1300-1319

Folio 67   Poems 1320-1339

Folio 68   Poems 1340-1359

 

Praying the Paschal Mystery – Booklet Y

Folio 69   Poems 1360-1379

Folio 70   Poems 1380-1400