While my husband was in the hospital a nun popped in one day. In full habit with a backpack slung over her shoulder, Sister Mary Lucy was a sight for sore eyes; a comforting presence. She was older than we are, (but probably the same age as the older I get I suddenly find out that people I think are older than I am, turn out to be younger than me.)
She was a serious sort and a nurse I think, as she carefully looked through all the iv's hanging on the pole. She had notes too that she perused. She asked a few questions then reached in her pack and pulled out some cards of Jesus with prayers printed on the back. She recited some of them. We began to talk. She had lived and worked at the Vatican for 10 years and commented on the Pope's visit to the U.S. She is a fan. She talked of times when millions of the faithful came to St. Peter's Square. I looked in her eyes, her countenance. I couldn't help but wonder how her life had brought her to this spot, the kind of person she was. All business, she never smiled. Three times the door to the room opened and quickly shut. "They'll come back." she said. I could tell that the nun's run the hospital and expect reverence from the staff.
She went back to her pack and reached inside for more Jesus cards which she then realized she had already done. At that point, my husband's hip was hurting and he rolled over onto his side. I accused him later of playing dead. She walked over to his bedside and began to feel around his back and shoulders (he was down to 100 lbs.) and I think massaged his back and bones.
She then read a piece of paper (she didn't know the author) in a very thoughtful manner.
The Blessing Of Unanswered Prayers
I asked for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I had asked for,
but everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered;
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.
I can still hear her voice reading it. She was so appreciated by me. I must send her a note. Though I am not religious, she gave me peace and wonder that day. Bless you Sister Mary Lucy.