"The greater the work the more
important it is to establish it on
a solid foundation. Thus it will
not only be more perfect; it
will also be more lasting.”

St. Louise de Marillac

“Be diligent in serving
the poor. Love the poor,
honor them, my children,
as you would honor
Christ Himself.”

St. Louise de Marillac


Creative Coping

As the world has continued to adapt and make sacrifices in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sisters and Associates have found new ways to manage the daily changes in their lives. The following article is the final in a series taking a look at the creative ways a few of our Community members have dealt with these days of staying home and staying cautious.

S. Katrinka Gunn

“Mandala coloring is a spiritual experience for me. I enjoy the process of choosing the colors, sometimes changing them from what I had in mind. I try to let the Spirit lead and I marvel at how the various parts gradually become a whole. I find it to be a wonderful way to pass this time of quarantine. I don’t have an artistic cell in my body so coloring is a way to express my creativity.” 


S. Martha Walsh

S. Martha Walsh has enjoyed writing poetry, prose and journaling during these days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I have enjoyed some writing I have done, including a ‘pinch’ of poetry, but a slightly larger ‘dash’ of prose. I have begun to work on writing my memories of my time in Malawi. Keeping my mind busy has been an attempt to cope with the virus, and it has worked well. I would like to visit some outside folks, but, to quote Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof, “God alone knows when that will be and we will leave it in [God’s] hands.” Last but not least, there has been time for reflective prayer, which also spurs my journaling. Practicing one day at a time (when I do), contributes to my peace.”






S. Marjorie Farfsing (told by S. Georgia Kitt)

S. Marge Farfsing enjoys solving daily crossword puzzles.

Marge finds ways to let others know they are being thought of in these days of isolation; it might be through a friendly phone call telling you she is praying for you or through a small bag of candy she has prepared, arriving at your door or by mail. In addition she replays video tapes of her childhood days where music was central to their family life; although she can no longer hear the music – classical or spiritual – it still brings happiness to her soul as she recalls the joyful sounds. Crossword puzzles are a daily source of stimulation for her brain as well. 




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