The Lesson of the Goblet

golden chalice on table beside a priest in green chasuble

At the goblet’s base

are stable habits to help the soul

gather burdens together in one place,

perhaps, one day,

to be weighed, compounded

as a single trait—


Along the slender stem

runs the stretching work,

the call to serve, care for others in a way

that doesn’t alienate, but

extends, expands

the place in the world we come to love.

On top, the bowl holds

the essence of prayer uplifted,

asking God in his glory

to fill us, heal our sliver of the world—

answer the perennial question,

“What is Church

and how might I

more fully




this poem about exploring faith, taking hold of what we believe to be true, and able to hold us, shape and sustain us – appears in my new book Quiet Waters

Published by Dayna E. Mazzuca

Contemplative Christian Poet, Author & Speaker

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