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River of Grace


Let us gather up the tears of all times,
all nations, all peoples, all children
to form a river of grace
to moisten, saturate, drench the hardness
of hearts of stone
turning them into hearts of flesh,
into the heart of the God of Providence.

Let us gather up the tears of all times
to honor the grief of all generations
to honor the grief of the planet
over what we have done to God’s creation.

May all these tears become living water
that nourishes the deep down roots of Love
that births new life into the cosmos.
May this living water
pour down
the justice, mercy and love
of the Heart of God.

(Originally published in the Spring 2016 issue of HOPE magazine.)

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Sister Donna Butler

Sister Donna Butler

Sister Donna Butler has been a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for more than 60 years. Sister Donna has served in elementary education, parish ministry, diocesan social justice, as well as the Congregation’s liturgy office, archives department and social justice outreach. She also administered as the director of the Providence Volunteer Ministry. Sister Donna currently volunteers in outreach with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College students.

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