Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Meet Your Grace

Here is a poem I wrote for the occasion of the uniting of our four provinces into the new Province of Saint Louise:

Meet Your Grace

God invites you:
Come to Me heedfully,
Listen, that you may have life!

Meet your Grace:
You are servants instructed in the Kingdom of Heaven.
You bring from your storeroom
both the old and the new.

Meet your Grace:
God renews with you
the everlasting covenant,
the benefits assured to Vincent and Louise.

Meet your Grace:
the hand of the Lord feeds you –
God answers all your needs.
Nothing will separate you
from that Love.

Meet your Grace:
She comes to you
with tickets to new lands.
She comes to you
with wine and milk.
She comes to you
with cloud by day,
Fire by night.

Some statistics about the new province:

The Daughters of Charity Province of St. Louise by the Numbers:
  • Province of St. Louis includes 562 Daughters of Charity
  • Province of St. Louise Sisters serve in 22 US States, Washington D.C., and Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Daughters of Charity minister in 190 different works in the above locations
  • Province of St. Louise Sisters serve in foreign missions on every continent except Antarctica
  • Worldwide, there are more than 19,000 Daughters of Charity 

It was quite a gathering in Baltimore this past weekend.  About 400 of us were in attendance.  High volume of talking, to say the least!  My introverted self had to retreat to my room to recharge my batteries.

More on this event later.

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