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Retreat into poetry

Editor’s note: The recent Providence Associate spring retreat served as inspiration for Providence Associate Cathy Lamperski Dearing to pen the following poems.
See photos from the retreat here.
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Go away.
Set yourself apart.
Stop gasping.
Stop grabbing.
Stop elbowing your way
Through life.


Do you not hear it calling you?

“Hurry is greed”
Someone once said,
So slow yourself down
To a gentle stop instead.

It’s time to explore
What deep breaths give.
Go on, do it now,
B R E A T H E   S L O W L Y   I N

That’s life,
That’s God,
Nourishing body, spirit,and soul within.


Do you not hear it calling you?



Gift and Grace
The Spirit energy
An energy pulsing
With life and joy;
An everconstant awareness
Of God’s presence
In all;
Of God’s Providence
Both from within
And from without.
This Charism
Grounded and rooted
In the soil of Justice, Mercy, and Love
Blossoming into the flower of
I to We to One.

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Cathy Lamperski Dearing

Providence Associate Cathy Lamperski Dearing was taught by the Sisters of Providence in Indianapolis growing up. Cathy works as a physical therapist at A Caring Place Adult Day Services in Indianapolis, a program of Catholic Charities. She is also an adjunct faculty member at University of Indianapolis in the physical therapy doctoral degree program. Cathy is married and has three young adult children. She is a member of St. Barnabas Parish in Indianapolis and enjoys reading, writing poetry, playing the flute, attending retreats, walking and going out to breakfast.

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