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Lady In White

by Chris Sorrenti

I took holy communion with my mother tonight
while visiting her at the hospital
years since either of us had said confession
or tasted the host
the sister offering grinned and said
you know in your hearts
whether you’re worthy to receive

my mother and I smiled at one another
then back at the nun
holding our hands out in acceptance
together saying that special prayer
surprised at myself for remembering the words

the sensation of the body of Christ
dissolving in mouths
and what it symbolized
went well with the morphine and coffee
having to admit we both felt pretty good
about the whole situation

my mother offered the sister money
but she would not accept
instead handing us each a rosary
wrapped in clear plastic

we then thanking her and she us
before the lady in white disappeared
down the hallway

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Posted on 05/18/2014
Copyright © 2021 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 05/18/14 at 03:47 PM

My wife call herself a "recovering Catholic". But I think she knows once a Catholic always.... I did like the write, very straight forward... almost.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 05/19/14 at 09:34 PM

One cannot take Communion in faith without feeling God's love I believe. Warm moments with your mother expressed in tender terms.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 05/24/14 at 03:09 PM

I've read this several times. I really like how comfort comes from these moments here, symbols and words we store away and remember, how we deal with sharing suffering.

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