The Gregorian Institute Shield, composed of the crossed gold and silver keys of the Papal Insignia, an open book with the words 'Via Veritas Vita' ('The Way, the Truth, and the Life') written on its pages, three golden six-sided stars on a red banner, and a Germanic cross.

at BENEDICTINE COLLEGE

Fledgling Raven

 Fledgling Raven

For Rebecca Lueke

In Memoriam

 

 

 

One bitter cold December morn

A fledgling raven in her nest

“To fly…” she dreamt, “To fly!”

A fluttering heart her sable breast

Could scarce contain. Headlong she leapt

And swooping touched

The snow’s first winter fall.

 

The forest silent fell. Behold,

A tender palm her downy plumage caught

And bore aloft to heights no eye can scale.

 

“No nest can house a fearless heart,”

God whispered as her wings, unfurled,

Fanned out across the blue.

 

“Your wish is granted,” said He then,

“Seek out a higher sky.

For it is my eternal will

That ravens fly on high.”

Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.