the anointing

By Sister Lou Ella Hickman, IWBS - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - 1 March 2014



when grief as priest

marks you as its own

-with the sacrament of ash

so that an inward sign of an outward grace

-and graciousness

----------might rise out of its arid but fertile soil

-----------how unlike Cain who could not bear his sorrow

----------you will know the Real Presence among all things

-----------------and with all things

------------------share their fragility