Volume 22
Number 1
The Forum issue of Association of Professional Chaplains

Poem: Catching the Light

by Rev. Dr. Samuel J. Ross, BCC 

Catching the Light
And the light continues to shine
Everywhere and anywhere . . . even in the light.
And the light understands the light
And the light receives the light.
It illuminates and reveals the unknown and the unseen
As one who awakens and remembers the whole dream, every detail.
Light begets light. And everything submits to it.
But then . . . the darkness.
It neither knows, nor sees, nor understands.
It creeps and envelopes and closes in upon everything.
Including itself.
It claims the best territory and the easy prey,
Like boiling lava flowing over a noisy and lively spring forest.
It stifles, shuts down, eliminates, and consumes
Like a fire consuming the poet’s words.
The darkness stalks and suffocates.
It vaporizes hope and dims the light of love and loyalty.
It never loves and never learns. And never shines, And never warms.
It is like a spurned lover stalking one who is infinitely loved.
Lay hold of the light.  Walk in it.  Splash in it. Bathe in it.
Come and see this light with me.
Come and be the light with me.


A Message from APC President… January 2020

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Strategic Partners Issue Progress Report 2

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APC Call for Board Nominations January 2020

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Coming Soon: Updates to the Palliative Care & Hospice Advanced Certification

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2020 Joint Conference Updates: 

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The Impact of Professional Spiritual Care

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CSU’s Announces Upcoming Dates for “Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy” January 2020

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National Consensus Project: Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition

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Resource Reviews for Continuing Education and Reference January 2020:

The Psychology of Religion: An Empirical Approach, Fifth EditionRalph W. Hood, Jr., Peter C. Hill and Bernard Spilka (Boulder, New York: Guilford Press, 2018, 656 pages, hardcover) In The Psychology […]