Upon the death of Mother Cabrini in 1917, Mother Agatha composed a poem dedicated to her spiritual mother. Mother Agatha’s signature appears at the bottom of the typewritten page along with the location, Sacred Heart Villa. The poem is entitled “Mother”.
O, Saint of God, your work is done
The time alotted to your run;
And in your diadem I see,
Pure, sparkling gems, God’s gift to thee.
New aspirations, lights, new love,
Are falling sweetly from above
Upon your children, lone and drear,
Left broken-hearted here.
And why these special gifts to share
Listen my soul with tenderest care,
A loving Mother interceded
For well she knows her children’s needs.
Ah, Master dear, who touched with skill
This “Lily” made at your sweet will
Why did you break the tender stem
That took from us, so dear a Friend?
We’ll bow in silence, Jesus dear,
E’en though it causes bitter tears
To your decrees, forever blest;
Farewell, dear Mother, you’re at rest.Mother Agatha’s poem is part of the collection in the Cabriniana Room in Holy Spirit Library at Cabrini College.
Submitted by: A. Schwelm, Assistant Library Director