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Two servants of the Lord: Henriette Delille and Saint Bakhita although from different parts of the world shared a similarity in that one served slaves on the streets of New Orleans and the other went from a slave in Africa to a servant of the Lord. Their lives touched many people through their loving acts of kindness.
I was educated at Our Mother of Mercy School in Houston, Texas by The Sisters of the Holy Family (the black nuns of New Orleans) who were founded by Henriette Delille. After reading several articles about her life, I am inspired by the many lives she brightened and continues to cast a bright light on to this very day. She is in the process of becoming the first U.S. native-born African American Saint.
On October 1, 2000 the day that Saint Bakhita (the first black saint) was canonized, I read a Founder's Day poem and provided a historical memoir, The Community of French Town Builds A Church, that I wrote for Our Mother of Mercy Church Founder's Day program.
The guest speaker during the event, Mrs. Madeline M. Johnson, Producer/Director, The Office of Radio for the Diocese of Galveston-Houston talked about Saint Bakhita and her canonization.
Shortly after the event, Mrs. Jeraldine Woodard sent a booklet to me about the life of Saint Bakhita along with a Thank You note for participating in the Founder's Day event. I was awestruck at the light that radiates from Saint Bakhita's faith and love of God from hearing and reading about her life.
I hope the following poems will serve as a tribute to the lives of these two holy women of God. They are indeed a candle light of hope illuminating a dark world.
The poems are now available in the book Reflections: A Poetry Collection order at deniselabrie.com or amazon.com