Sister Carmen Bernos de Gasztold was a Benedictine nun and gifted writer. In her book entitled Prayers from the Ark, the French poet gave voice to God’s creatures who sailed with Noah.
During a season of summer reruns, I am sharing again a sampling of my favorite poems. The Prayer of the Parrot reminds me of the task of preaching.
Did you say something, Lord?
Oh! I thought You were speaking to me.
You are silent?
Are You afraid I shall tell Your secrets?
It’s true I’m a little talkative
but, at times, that is useful:
Heads are thick, slow to understand,
and have to be told things again and again.
If You need me, I am your servant,
one who never grows tired
of repeating the same word again and again,
which has its power:
I may grow tedious but people listen
in spite of themselves;
and what is repeated, repeated, repeated,
stays in the memory.
When may I serve Your infinite wisdom?
Think of it Lord. Amen.