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A Reflection for Foundation Day

founday-day-blog-picNote: The following poem – a reflection on Foundation Day, which is Saturday, Oct. 22 – was written by Sister Ann Trinita McCahill (RIP) in 1991.

Seized by the silence of shadows

This October 22 Day, I ask

Is this place and time

God’s shadow, mine, or

An Indiana fork into

The Woods which

“Made all the difference”

Between Ruille,

Her Way,

God’s Way.


We still travel through

Different Doorways

Different scenes

But in the heart

Of things stand united

A Congregation’s beliefs

Celebrated over and over

Especially October’s

Remembering of seedlings

Now deep roots.


Our Guerin woman’s dream

Held a place for you and me

And the yet to arrive

A community of as many us

As leaves are to the trees.

A creation God calls, Good

A foundation we call, Providence

I wonder if she sleeps

Or waits for each reunion.

I know her heart watches.

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  1. Avatar Debbie on October 19, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Beautiful poem that reflects the heart of Providence Associates and Sisters. Yes, she waits and watches.

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