Godric, by Frederick BuechnerIt is nearly impossible to blog some quotes from Godric, by Frederick Buechner, without contravening the copyright act.  There is no word from the novel that could be left out.  It is a poem, a song, though written in prose.  While reading it I soar through my day feeling like I am thinking in verse.

Godric is the story of an earthy sinful man who yet (or as a result?) shows the beauty and love of God.

It captivated me at the very first line:

Five friends I had, and two of them snakes.

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And here are just a few more gems:

It’s the missing them now I miss.

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What’s friendship, when all’s done, but the giving and taking of wounds?

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Gentle Jesu, Mary’s son, be thine the wounds that heal our wounding.  Press thy bloody scars to ours that thy dear blood may flow in us and cleanse our sin.

Be thou in us and we in thee that Godric, Gillian, Ailrod, Mouse and thou may be a woundless one at last.  And even Reginald if thy great mercy reach so far.

In God’s name Godric prays.  Amen.

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[My father’s] eyes were grey as the sea like mine, it’s said, only full of kindness, but what matter how kind a man’s eye be if he never fixes you with it long enough to learn?

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So it was his fear we’d starve that made him starve us for that one of all things we hungered for the most, which was the man himself.

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O thou who art the sparrow’s friend, have mercy on this world that knows not even when it sins.  Oh holy dove, descend and roost on Godric here so that a heart may hatch in him at last.  Amen.

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So ever and again young Godric’s dreams well up to flood old Godric’s prayers, or prayers and dreams reach God in such a snarl he has to comb the tangle out, and who knows which he counts more dear.

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We loved each other, Mouse and I, and our love was born of need, for so it always is with mortal folk.  God’s love’s all gift, for God has need of naught, but human folk love one another for the way they fill each other’s emptiness.

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Like our prayers to God, the deepest prayers we humans ask of one another speak but silence for their tongue.

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