Compassionate Companion

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 02/02/2012

in Ordinary Time

A Prayer Poem by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald for  February 5, 2012
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

 “Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.” (Mark 1:30)

Compassionate living
Originates in a quivering heart unafraid to
Move close and sit with a
Person full of pain.
A close companion, but not lost in or overwhelmed by
Suffering and sadness.
Selfless, shining lights,
Incapable of hiding beneath a bushel basket.
One we are in this Body of Christ.
No one cries that we do not weep.
At one in our laughter and joyful leaps.
Together we are a hopeful presence to
Each other.  Content to Be,
I am enough – a compassionate companion
on our journey to eternity.

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Lectionary Readings for the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time 2012
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Mary February 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Sending you hugs for this one.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald February 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Mary, thank you for the hugs. I am sure in your ministry that we should have at least 13 a day! I am sure in your counseling sessions you have been a compassionate companion for many. Blessings on your ministry.


Gia February 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Congratulations, Julie!!!


Mary March 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Dear Juliemarie,
Thanks for a good dose of inspiration today. I’m bringing this poem with me to the office to keep me grounded.

Lots of love,



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