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Province of St. Therese

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Dónde está tu Madre

[Blessed Anne of St. Bartholomew's speaks to herself at the death of St. Teresa, her spiritual mother and soul's companion.]



The spokes of the wheels are not groaning in the dirt

That carried the Bride upon the Castilian patchwork

The hand that slew dragons and traversed castles in ink

Has clasped on its’ Bridegroom

Dónde está tu Madre

I cannot see her in my tears

Her voice echoes in the room

Daughter of the Church

Keep repeating, do not lose it

Yes I am her daughter 

Dónde está tu Madre

Specks of dust in the sunlight 

You are honored to be near her

Almost as the dust on her sandals

Dónde está tu Madre

She is no longer mine

Detach, the journey has ended

The hungry come to distribute

Her sanctity 

Dónde está tu Madre

Written by Charles Jakubczak, OCDS
Doctors of Divine Love Community
Atlanta, GA
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