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YEAR OF PRAYER with Rose Philippine Duchesne,"Facing the Unknown"

Facing the Unknown

Rebecca feels the breeze
stirring the ribbons on your travel-hat
and soon you will be summoned
Sophie consents at last, and blesses you.
How painful these last moments!
vineyard – and tumbril – weigh
upon your lonely sacrifice, as France recedes
and Indians call in language quite unknown;
but very soon they'll know you through and through,
Woman who always prays! Pray then for us; we too
bring the essential from our heritage
leaving the rest, as we set sail
for new life, a new land.

Dorothea Hewlett, RSCJ, Province of Australia – New Zealand
Image: Patricia Reid, RSCJ, Province of the United States – Canada