By Sister Marissa Butler

A dark chapel, lit by her presence
We sat together
Silent but together

Letting go
Longing for peace
Desiring to rest in God’s embrace

In the stillness
In the presence of Jesus
In the company of one another

Calmed by the awareness of being held in love
Love from God
Love from my sister
We slipped into a light sleep

Soon my eyes opened
Slowly I looked around
Until I caught sight of the face of Christ

The living Christ in my sister
Deep in prayer next to me
I gazed upon her face
Grateful for this precious gift

Sensing my stare she awoke
Looked at me with her radiant smile

Her gentle hand took mine
Raising it to her face
She kissed it
I love you

A light in my darkness
A friend and a sister
My living Catherine (McAuley)
I love you too

— Photo by Sister Marissa Butler: Used With Permission