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Aug. 15, 2014: Looking at each other with the eyes of our hearts, by Sister Mary Jo Thummel

Sister Mary Jo Thummel


(I Corinthians 13:4-7)

Love waits —
  Waits patiently until my heart is taught
  that love is freely given never bought.

Love cares —
  Cares enough for you to know
  when I need the room to grow.

Love reverences —
  Reverences the place in me
  that held too tightly cannot be.

Love has no need to lie,
or hide the truth that makes me die.

Love knows not jealousy,
nor needs behind a mask to be.

Love for the inner person cares,
and has no need to put on airs.

Love forgives and love forgets,
not in brooding judgment sits.

Love’s forbearance so deep and great
can trust and hope and quiet wait.

Open-handed love held treasure
freedom is your truthful measure.

No price can equal love — it’s free
and waits each day for me to be
only what God makes of me.


This poem reminds me of what it means to be a friend.

Friendship is the art of journeying with another, being reverent of who they are while speaking the truth that calls for growth. Friendship is patient, caring and forbearing and yet needs no masks or silly airs to cloak the openness that helps each friend to grow.

True friends reach deep beneath appearances and accept us for who we are, at this moment in our lives, while calling us live into our potential. Friends see us with the eyes of their hearts and accept us with out faults and foibles as well as our gifts and graces.

As Antoine de Saint Exupéry says in his book “The Little Prince,” “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Friends help us to break out of the narrow circle of ourselves and look at the people of the world with the eyes of our hearts.


— Sister Mary Jo  Thummel is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Council and the Concordia Year of Peace Committee.

One thought on “Aug. 15, 2014: Looking at each other with the eyes of our hearts, by Sister Mary Jo Thummel

  • Ralph Thummel

    Happy Anniversary, Sister! I was so excited today to find your poem. You know how much I admire your many talents, including your shared wisdom through the gift of poetry. I know when you look at me, you look more with your heart than your eyes. In your life I find such truth, forgiveness, understanding, wisdom, and overflowing love. God has truly blessed our family with the gift of your life. As you closed all your special letters to me as a young boy, I close this message…XXOOXX.

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