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A walk in the Woods during social distancing

Embraced in a saintly mother’s arms
Kissed by a God who loves me
Held at a distance by women whose eyes and hearts hold great love.
God is in these Woods.

Nature’s song in birds and chittering squirrels
The Spirit’s breath of wind upon my cheeks
Immersed in my favorite place to love my God.
The building may be closed, but I have been to church.

Thankful to these Woods for feeding my spirit.

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Amy Miranda

Amy Miranda

Amy Miranda is a Providence Associate of the Sisters of Providence and a staff member in their Advancement Services office. Amy is a 1998 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She currently manages the SP publication HOPE and works on marketing support for Providence Associates, new membership and Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.

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  1. Avatar S. Jeanne Hagelskamp on March 27, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Beautiful pictures! Thanks so much, Amy!

  2. Avatar Marsha speth on March 27, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Love the poem! Very true!

    • Avatar Nancy VanUum langworthy ‘63 on March 29, 2020 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you for this peaceful moment with precious memories.

  3. Avatar S. Connie Kramer on March 27, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Wow! Lovely pictures and reflection too.🙏🏻😊👍👋

    • Avatar Linda McMahon, PA on March 27, 2020 at 11:51 am

      Your photos and reflection have blessed me with reminders of our beautiful relationship with our
      our Provident God and with SMW. Thank you. Amy.

  4. Avatar Margaret Quinlan on March 27, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Amy, thank you for sharing your sight of the beauty we share in this place where we live and work and love one another. Blessings,

  5. Avatar Mary Tomlinson SP on March 27, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Beautiful poem, Amy. You are so talented and we are fortunate to have you. Lovely pictures, too.

  6. Avatar Kate Watzke-Engler on March 27, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Thanks for all the memories. Wonderful and refreshing pictures of hope.

  7. Avatar Mary Mundy on March 27, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Amy, these photos make me smile….and relax …amidst all the uneasiness around us. Sacred space. thanks!
    Mary Mundy, SP

  8. Avatar Lori Strawn on March 27, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Absolutely stunningly gorgeous — poem and photos!

    • Avatar Paula Modaff, SP on March 27, 2020 at 7:26 pm

      Amy, thank you for reminding us of all that we have for which to be grateful.

  9. Avatar Marilyn McNamara Hamerstadt on March 27, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Wow! I Love these pictures! Takes me back to 1968/69 where my college education began!

  10. Avatar Betty Dilley, PA on March 27, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Love all of the beautiful pictures! Thank you Amy.

  11. Avatar Judith K Jaberg on March 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    I so wish I could be there in the isolation that we have. Thanks Amy for bringing peace into my heart.

  12. Avatar Joyce Smith on March 27, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    I love the scenes and meditation. Thanks.

  13. Avatar Bill Hughes on March 27, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Thank you for the tour, Amy! Beautiful poem, too. I miss the place . . .

  14. Avatar Charlie Martin on March 27, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Hello Amy,
    What a wonderful treat, to let your pictures take me back to SMOW….still have such a longing to visit and walk these sacred spaces myself…the time will come for all of us, I pray…my gratitude to you for our photos…blessings for health and well being….Charlie Martin, Rockport, IN

  15. Avatar Mary Carroll Blocher on March 27, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Just what I needed. So beautiful- our spiritual home- our St Mary – of – the Woods!

  16. Avatar Diane Estringel on March 27, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Hope I can walk the grounds this year. Beautiful pictures

  17. Avatar Mary E Heins on March 27, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Beautiful, Amy! Well said! Thank you.

  18. Avatar Diana M. Garza on March 27, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Love the pictures! Thank you, Amy.

  19. Avatar MaryBeth Rennels Strassel on March 28, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Thank you. We all need this.

  20. Avatar Suzanne Lisowski Glad '73 on March 28, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you for the heart-warming pictures of The Woods. They are balm for the soul in these difficult times.

  21. Avatar Meghan Groeger DeVito '70 on April 1, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Thank you for your beautiful, peaceful thoughts. Please keep them coming.

  22. Avatar Eileen Horan, PA on April 1, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Amy, thank you so much for the beautiful reflection and pictures. Oh how I wish I could walk the grounds and gain peace from being “home.” I do it vicariously through you! May you stay well and safe!

  23. Avatar Diann Neu on April 1, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    In chemo and praying with your splendid photos of our lovely woodland home.
    Thank you, Amy!

  24. Avatar Bob Farnsworth on April 1, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Wow! Thanks so much, Amy, for lifting our spirits with your hard work! This was such a wonderful contrast to the mainstream media and their constant harping on negativity! I really appreciated it!

  25. Avatar Gloria Memering, SP on April 1, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you, Amy, for soothing our souls with sharing the wonders of your walk and work among us (now even to serving our meals with joy)

  26. Avatar Kristy Fry on April 2, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Loved the post as well as the photos! Nice job Amy.

  27. Avatar Julie Pearman Blanford '83 on April 3, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Thank you, Amy, for sharing your thoughts and bringing us all closer together at The Woods. As you said, it feeds our spirits. Prayers that God blesses and protects The Woods community and the people we love during this challenging time and always.

  28. Avatar Kathleen Shickles, SP on April 3, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Beautiful photos and spiritual thoughts. Thank you. This warmed my soul. Blessings.

  29. Avatar Leann W. on April 9, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Hi Amy: I follow your blog and always enjoy your posts! Today’s post was especially a blessing today; a breath of spring! Reminded me to have hope in the middle of this difficult time for everyone.

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