Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Poem for a Quiet Lady at Saint Patrick's Church in Oregon

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Poem for a Quiet Lady at Saint Patrick's Church in Oregon

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Spent two hours this morning in a wooden church away out in farm Country--hop vines, and vineyards, and corn, and hazelnut thickets Like tall gnarled orderly parades of broad green bedraggled soldiers. There were seventy ladies in the church knitting prayer shawls. You Wouldn't believe how many prayer shawls seventy ladies can create In five hours. They told me they had made thousands of them, every Color you could imagine, every size, untold combination of patterns. They donated them to hospices; they gave them to neighbors in pain. Their reward for their labor was sandwiches and cinnamon rolls way Bigger than a baby's head. One lady in the corner was knitting small Blankets of some shimmering shade I couldn't quite name. I asked if They were prayer shawls and she said Oh, no, these are for stillborns. I make these so that the parents will have something intimate instead Of hospital issue. …

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