by Tim Bete | May 1, 2019 12:04 am

Catholic Poetry Room[1]

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Mary Grace Melcher, OCD.                                                                                             


The hand that blesses me is pierced
And with the Cross—I’m signed.
Now shall I doubt that blessings come
Cross-shaped, in His design?

He hewed and humbled me with pain,
With darkness held my eye.
Yet by His own sweet law He bound
Himself to raise me high.

And everything I counted gain
I’ve reappraise as loss.
His cleansing benediction
Is hidden in His Cross.


Sr. Mary Grace Melcher, OCD, is a cloistered Carmelite nun at the Carmelite Monastery of Terre Haute, Indiana. She has been a member there since 1981. In addition to writing icons, she is also author of Intercessions for Mass[2]. The book, inspired by her daily contemplation and meditation on the Scriptures, offers deeply meaningful prayers of the faithful for every day of the year. Please visit her monastery Website[3] and gift shop.

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