“To Plant Them”
Eleanor Humphrey is serving this year at Marian Middle School in St Louis.
We crossed the threshold of the Motherhouse
through school, across countries
journeys of patient, difficult, rewarding work
We were ready
to share meals, to share stories
to learn from one another
to break ourselves open
to become a family
and we did
Hands were held and let go
tears were shed, smiles cracked
as we searched to tap the reservoir of humble goodness
And we found gems
seeds of gems
seeds of justice, and of peace
But now we must carry them
the family we’ve created must part
must carry these peace and justice gems
to places that we do not know
We want to plant them there
We want to plant ourselves
to nurture the gems
with our gentle beings, our reflective spirits
So we return to our journeys
to cities, through patience
journeys of difficult work
We may be unsure of the reward
Anger is outside.
But we’ve learned that to plant
to journey, to work, to be of Loretto
is to challenge, to embrace
To be of Loretto is
And we are still learning..
-Eleanor Humphrey 8.13.2014
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