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Read Poems by Lillian White

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A Call to a Religious Life

  A Call to a Religious Life
      By Lillian J. Jeffery

Family pray together,
share their table with the poor,
young Agnes goes on outings,
outings with the local church, 
sings in the choir
Her chosen life is Christian
her divine guide is Jesus Christ,
she starts and ends her day with pray

Stories of missionaries touch, touch
her ears, her heart, she sees the 
face of God on every face

Hears, hears the voice of God
calling, calling her to serve,
serve a religious life, 
she is twelve

Follows her calling, leaves 
her home in Skopje, Macedonia,
joins the Sisters of Loreto, 
a community of nuns in Ireland
with a Mission in India,
she is eighteen

Sisters send her to a House in Calcutta, 
she takes her initial vows and name, 
Sister Teresa, honors Therese of Lisieux, 
patron saint of Australia, missionaries, 
florist, AIDs sufferers 

Teaches catechism, geography,
history at St. Mary's High School, 
a school dedicated to teaching girls 
from the poorest, poorest families 

The door swings open, 
she moves to school's principal, 
loves her work, stays seventeen years.

Copyright © Lillian White | Year Posted 2017


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