May Mary guard you, Mother Dear,
And ease your pain and sorrow;
Beneath Her care you need not fear
Life’s threatening tomorrow!
That is my wish as this, your day,
One milestone passed, reminds us
How far along the homeward way
Each year, in fleeting, finds us.
And so I greet you, o’er the space
That parts but cannot sever;
May God send down His richest grace
And keep you safe forever!
By Br. Francis Vollmer, O.P.
This poem originally appeared in the June 1923 issue of Dominicana.
Photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.