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The Fog

Note: The following was written by Jean Brown, Providence Associate, after arriving to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods during the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 22

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin in the fog.

This morning brought a gentle fog to begin our day

Our loving Mother Earth giving to us a veil

The things we know are there just beyond our sight

are still there … we just need to have faith.


Saint Michael in the fog.

The fog drapes herself over everything

Light and dewy, a slight breeze can move her

or sometimes so thick she refuses to remove

herself until she is ready … or the sun wins.


What is beyond us is yearning to be seen

And our hearts match that yearning

But our minds block the path

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Jean Brown

Providence Associate Jean Brown is retired after serving as administrative assistant to Sisters of Providence leadership team members. Jean lives in Columbus, Indiana, with her husband, Gary and two very spoiled cats.

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  1. Avatar Debbie on February 23, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Beautiful reflection of not only the fog of nature but the fog of our faith. Thank you, Jean!

  2. Avatar Sister Mary Griffin on February 23, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Jean, your poetry is so meaningful to me. Keep using this avenue for your thoughts to be shared. Mary

  3. Avatar Donna Butler on February 23, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Keep writing and sharing! I love your sensitive insights.

  4. Avatar Lori Strawn on February 23, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Absolutely breathtaking!

  5. Avatar Cathy Campbell, SP on February 23, 2017 at 11:00 am

    So grateful for your sharing, Jean. The fog on 2/22/17 at SMW was what Londoners call “pea soup thick!” Your pix and words captured so well the “groping” that all of us often have to do and the joy we get when the phenomenon dissipates and light breaks through. Thanks for helping us see more clearly.

  6. Avatar Theresa Tighe on February 23, 2017 at 11:05 am

    So lovely and evocative I read it twice and will read it again.

  7. Avatar Theresa Tighe on February 23, 2017 at 11:05 am

    So lovely and evocative I read it twice and posted to my time line to read again.

  8. Avatar Paula Modaff, S.P. on February 23, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you, Jean. You put words on the thoughts of my heart.

  9. Avatar Marsha Gott on February 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    My lovely sister, Jean, once again opens my mind and heart to be willing to accept all that are His wonders – thanks, Sis!

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