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Sophia: a poetic look at the feminine face of God

Hagia Sophia

Can you hear her?
The gentle whisper,
She is calling you,
beyond what you know,
what you believe to be truth or reality.
She calls all humanity,
beckoning them from fragmented,
distracted lives,
lives detached and alone.
She gently calls,
with peace, beauty, and patience.
My inner stirrings
the desire, the drawing,
the eros fire within me
all are her voice speaking to me.
When I awaken to her,
when I finally answer,
it is as if I touch all creation.
I am whole, complete,
in the unity in which I belong.
Sophia, Sophia,
here I am.
I hear your call,
and I come,
to touch the stars,
to feel the divine fire,
to know oneness,
and I never want to forget
you are ever present.


Sister Hannah Corbin

Sister Hannah Corbin

Sister Hannah, a temporary professed member of the Sisters of Providence, currently lives in New Albany, Indiana. She is a student and caregiver, pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work through Indiana University as she companions her mother on her journey with cancer. Below, Sister Hannah relates some of the background on the poem above and the others in the series.

“I went on a retreat a few years ago on Sophia Wisdom. I spent the week reflecting on scriptures and writings about this feminine face of God. The Sophia poems flowed from my own reflections on the qualities and presence of Wisdom and from the stirrings that resulted from my encounters with Sophia.”

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Sister Corbin Hannah

Sister Corbin Hannah

Sister Corbin has been a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods since 2009. She has a master’s degree in Social Work and is currently ministering at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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  1. Avatar Kathy on May 25, 2014 at 12:30 am

    That is so beautiful……
    Thank you Sophia for Hannah’s openness to You, to share You with others in her gift of words.
    May God bless you all.

  2. Avatar John Guidi on April 19, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    Thank you for this! I just read it to my daughter Sophia this morning in the NICU. She was born at 29 weeks and will be in the hospital for the next 11. Every day I try to read her and her twin sister, Sylvia, poetry everyday. I was very touched to come across this. Thank you so much!

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