May 15, 2013: “Just for a Minute”

~ by Sr. Marie Rene, S.S.J.

I remember when I was only four,
Mother would bring me round to the store,
And just outside of the Church she’d stand,
And “come in” she’d say, reaching for my hand.
“Just for a minute”
And then when I started going to school,
She’d bring me down every day as a rule,
But first the steps to the church we’d climb
And she’d say: “We’ll go in — you’ve always got time.
“Just for a minute”
Then I got real big, I mean seven years old
And I went by myself, but was always told:
When you’re passing the Church, don’t forget to to call,
And tell Our Lord about lessons and all.
“Just for a minute”
Sometimes I would run most of the way,
Or meet some guys and we’d stop to play,
But I manage to squeeze out time enough
To make it to the Church where I pant and puff
“Just for a minute”
And now it’s sort of a habit I’ve got,
In the evening coming from Casey’s lot,
Though it takes me out of my way a bit,
To slip into Church with my hat and mitt,
“Just for a minute”
But sometimes I see the other fellow
Standing around and I just go yellow,
I pass by the door, but a Voice coming from within
Seems to say real sad, “So you won’t come in?”
“Just for a minute”
There are things inside of me, bad and good
That nobody knows and nobody could,
Excepting Our Lord and I like Him to know,
And He helps, when in for a visit I go.
“Just for a minute”
He finds it lonesome when nobody comes
There are hours upon hours when nobody comes
And He’s pleased when anybody passing by
Stops in (though it’s only a little guy)
“Just for a minute”
I know what happens when people die,
But I won’t be scared, and I’ll tell you why:
When Our Lord is judging my soul I feel
He’ll remember the times I went to kneel.
“Just for a minute”


Sister Marie Rene, is a Sister of St. Joseph in St. Augustine, Florida and is the Prayer Director for the Sisters of Life. She has devoted her life in service to Catholic Schools as principal and teacher, to the sick and dying in the Diocese of St. Augustine and to the needy in various outreach ministries. Sister Rene worked in ministry to the men of Our Lady of Hope Farm for eight years. Sister has also worked with Sister Mary Albert, SSJ, the great historian “archivist” for five years.

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