OF AN AGING NUN - 17th CENTURY
you know better than I know myself
that I am growing older and will some day
Keep me from being talkative
and particularly from the fatal habit
of thinking that I must say something
on every subject and on every occasion.
me from craving to straighten out
everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful
but not moody; helpful but not bossy.
With my vast store of wisdom, it seems
a pity not to use it all, but you know, Lord, that I
want a few friends at the end.
Keep my mind from the recital of endless details –
me wings to come to the point.
for grace enough to listen
to the tales of others’ pain.
But seal my lips on my own aches and pains. They are
increasing, and my love
of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter
as the years go by. Help me to endure them
I dare not ask for improved memory
but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness
when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally it is
that I may be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet.
I do not want to be a saint – some of them are
so hard to live with – but a sour old woman is
one of the crowning works
of the devil!
Give me the ability to see good things
in unexpected places, and talents
in unexpected people. And give me, O Lord,
the grace to tell them so.
Silence and Shouting
by Kathy Keay, 1994 - Thanks to Dee Sitnik
nun pictured above is Sister Teresita
of the Buenafuente del Sistal Convent about
60 miles from Madrid, who has been a nun for more than
84 years. In 2011, at the age of 103, she met with Pope
Benedict XVI. She has been in the convent since April
16, 1927, the day that Benedict was born.
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