This Is My Body, She Said

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Johanna Caton.                                                                                                                    

This Is My Body, She Said

The Woman said, This is my body.  Take.
My heart and soul and strength are wholly yours.
And thus she gave her body to God’s Son.

She is a priest, this mother blest: she makes
the bread of life, and from her flesh adores.
The Woman said, This is my body.  Take.

She pondered our betrayal’s wound – the ache
Of our unhallowed grief she sought to cure.
And thus she gave her body to God’s Son.

 She saw what He must give for our life’s sake.
She taught the Word the words that first were hers.
The Woman said, This is my body.  Take.

She shared Eve’s plight, but lit by God’s pure ray,
Her light turns gravest loss to hope most sure.
And thus she gave her body to God’s Son.

Her fiat made God man, and then He breaks
A glory-bread that through all time endures.
The woman said, This is my body.  Take.
And thus she gave her body to God’s Son


Johanna Caton, O.S.B., is a Benedictine nun from Minster Abbey in Kent, England. Born in Virginia, she lived in the United States until adulthood, when her monastic vocation took her to England. She writes poetry as a means of understanding the work of God in her life, whose purposes and presence can be elusive until viewed through the more accommodating lens of art and poetry. Her poetry has appeared, or will appear in Green Hills Literary LanternTime of Singing Christian Poetry JournalThe Christian Century, and other venues. She is a 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee.

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Jeffrey Essmann, ICL Poetry Curator To submit poetry to be considered for the Catholic Poetry Room, visit our submission guidelines page.


Jeffrey Essmann is Poetry Editor for IntegratedCatholicLife.org and always searching for the best Catholic poetry from today's poets as well as those of the past.

Jeffrey is an essayist and poet living in New York. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals, among them America Magazine, Dappled Things, the St. Austin Review and The Road Not Taken. He is a Benedictine oblate of Mt. Saviour Monastery.

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