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Veronica’s Veil

April 1, 2015 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Holy Week, Lent, Poetry


Veronica’s Veil Veronica could not compete with the roaring, raucous mob, Though no one heard her plea to move, she pushed with one last sob. Compassion and persistence had begged her try again, And just that quick she found herself before the Man condemned. It’s then He fell beneath the cross that forced Him to the ground, Which ripped His skin and tore His face; head pierced by thorny crown. Blood mixing with the... Read More

Rosary on the Headboard — Poetry from Donna Sue Berry

October 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Poetry, Prayer, Rosary


Rosary on the Headboard I stumbled through my daily grind Right up until midnight, Then fell in bed without my prayers; I knew it wasn’t right. So tired I was, almost asleep, But thoughts kept waking me, To rise and pray a rosary Upon my bended knees. But my rosary beads were knotted Around my headboard rail, And tired attempts to pull them down Ended to no avail. Our Lady knows how tired I am, Was my last waking thought. Should... Read More

Questions to Our Lady of Sorrows (Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows)

September 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Memorial, Poetry


QUESTIONS TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS Questions to Our Lady of Sorrows While you stood there in the chaos, Could you see past all the pain, Past the sword that ripped your own soul To your son’s triumphant reign? Did the sands there of Golgotha Scratch lines onto your face, Mixing with the blood of Jesus, Dearest lady full of grace? While you stood beneath his shadow As he hung there on the cross, Could you feel your own wounds... Read More

Sweetest Heart of Jesus

February 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Poetry


THE SWEETEST HEART OF JESUS Sweetest Heart of Jesus From the corner of my church pew, Sometimes I feel alone, When I see the happy couples,  In love when I’m alone. + I hide behind my lacy veil, And duck my head to pray, ‘Please, Jesus, be my Valentine This sweetheart’s special day.’ + I look up past the altar rails, And see the Sacred Heart, His eyes full of affection and My tears begin to start. + His Mother stands there... Read More

Thank You God for Jesus

January 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Christmas, Donna Sue Berry, Poetry


I truly now can say to you, as Christmas drifts away, This was an Advent to remember and a special Christmas day. Our families all had fasted and petitioned God for grace, With what a joy to see at Mass the peace on each ones face! With four weeks of preparation, and sacrifices made, We came to place our gifts of straw where Jesus would be laid. Each piece of hay an offering, a penitence of love; It was all to welcome Jesus, the... Read More

Homeless: I Could Be You

December 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Poetry


I drove right through the changing light Horns blowing as I went. I had to make just one more store, Before the day was spent. . I swerved in time to miss a man Who held a cardboard sign. A homeless man, who’d work for food, Thank God, I’d braked in time. . I parked my ride and looked around, Then groaned at what I saw. A sea of cars parked everywhere. The world was at the mall! . Oh Lord, I thought, it comes again. The... Read More

Our Souls, They are Not Dead

November 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Poetry, Prayer


OUR SOULS, THEY ARE NOT DEAD In silence late one evening, I found myself alone Enjoying for the moment some peacefulness at home. A steamy cup of coffee with a shot of Irish cream Had lulled me into comfort when I drifted off to dream. The mistiness around me draped my shoulders like a shawl While voices so familiar seemed to beckon with a call. “Pray for us, please pray for us, and offer up your pain, We need your acts of charity... Read More

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary: The Little Catholic Shrine

October 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Mary, Prayer


THE LITTLE CATHOLIC SHRINE   I sought shelter in the little shrine, inside from falling rain. Away from all my crosses and away from all my pain. October’s angry storm outside no way compared to mine, As I knelt within the shadows of The Little Catholic Shrine. I could smell the burning incense left from the morning Mass, While I watched the candles melting on their candlesticks of brass. With the sound of rolling thunder,... Read More

Introducing Donna Sue Berry: St Monica, Please Pray for Me

August 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Liz Estler, Poetry

Donna Sue Berry

Dear CSD Family, On this Memorial of St. Monica, we are blessed to introduce Donna Sue Berry, Catholic poet and author, who has started publishing her poems on-line, is working on the book “Catholic Poems from the Heart of a Red Dirt Oklahoma Girl,” and has recently had her full story featured in the on-line “Regina Magazine.” Donna Sue grew up Catholic and, as a child, even thought she might want to join the convent (she... Read More

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