The Storm

   We have had quite a time here the past 5 days with no electricity or heat. Our generator did keep the freezer and refrigerator running and we have gas stoves – what a blessing from the Lord! Once I get some photos developed I will share with you about the great ice storm of 2009. Until then be inspired by this poem of Msgr Powers who has spent these days (along with our devoted chaplain Fr. Ray Clark) in our guest quarters (interior rooms which were the warmest in the monastery!).  Also, pray for all those still without heat, etc.


The Storm

Master of the storm: God

The storm assertive: Commanding surrender

Beauty birthed in pain: Authenticity

Motion brought to stillness: Conflict

Water held in ice: Imprisoned

Ice crushed to water: Freedom

Nature humbled man: Servant

Time slowed to sacredness: Mystery

Silence demanded listening: Music

Trees breaking to pieces: Pruning

Communication held in boundaries: Confinement

Light captured by darkness: Night

Cold chilling to the bone: Suffering

Darkness obedient to the candle: Journey

A buzz – a flicker – light – heat: Freedom!

Guest of the storm: God


by Msgr Powers – Ice storm of February, 2009




5 thoughts on “The Storm

  1. Oh Sister, sorry to hear you all had a run-in with the ice storm! My family there in Owensboro were hit hard too but everyone is OK. I spoke to my brother who said they had to wait in line for 2.5 hours for 1.5 gallons of gas for their generator!

  2. Oh, hurrah, you are back and safe! Prayers, etc., from out here in Bellingham.

    God bless and reward you for your prayers! They sustained us and continue to help those 20,000 plus around us still without electricity. Today the temps are in the teens with wind gusts up to 30 mph. Of course, compared to Washington state that is mild!

    How are you? You are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers

  3. It’s so good to “hear” from you! I’ve been wondering how your community has been affected and have been praying for your safety. Thanks for your post, Sister.

  4. We were hit too and we’ve been praying for all of you. I passed on your posted information to the community in Erlanger. May you all enjoy warmth soon.

    Thanks Audria! Yes, we heard from Mother Margaret Mary.

    And for linking us to your blog – May God reward you!


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