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Hour of adoration

Empty-handed, slightly late, disheveled,
I kneel with nothing —
No beads to give a path to restless fingers,
no pages I can turn to give a feel of progress.
No — because I am tardy and disheveled —
self-image even that I care to fondle.

My mind is not empty, but crammed full,
like a dresser drawer full of old programs
and garments needing patches.
But as I kneel,
slowly, reluctantly,
the drawer comes unstuck and moves out.

I let you finger through the useless clutter.
If there is anything there you want, Love,
you may have it.

(Published in the Fall 2018 issue of HOPE magazine.)

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Sister Ellen Cunningham

Sister Ellen Cunningham

Sister Ellen Cunningham has been a Sister of Providence since 1959. She has ministered as a high school teacher in English, French, chemistry and religion. For 38 years she ministered at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) teaching mathematics, which included 12 years as a department chair. Since her retirement in 2012, Sister Ellen has volunteered at SMWC in the alumni relations office.

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