December 05, 2002

Last Rites
Charles Baudelaire inhaled the scent of fleurs de mal
   ignoring, it seems, divine decrees,
and yet he lay beneath his funeral pall
   muni des sacrements d'eglise.

Belief must baffle minds which think
   assent should show itself in deeds,
that logic of the lucid sort must link
   the mind and will of thinking reeds.

Not so, God's mercy disobeys our laws
and we, thank God, are shriven without cause.

  - Ralph McInerny in Crisis

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