The Call by Franciscan Sister Martinella Janz OSF

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September 20, 2020

Franciscan Sister Martinella Janz offers the poem ‘The Call’ for your reflection.

The Call

I call, softly, gently,

With loving tones.

I warmly call your name.

You pretend not to hear at first.

I call again.

You pause from your work and

become even busier!

I call you again, and

Again you stop and turn

Listening, seeing, passed me.

Excited, I call your name

with all the love in my heart

that I could summon for you!

Yet, you don’t see me and

You turn away leaving me alone.

Once more, I call out

louder than before.

For a moment, you hesitate.

Your back is turned to me and

You keep going, only faster now,


Perhaps you did hear.

I will try again later.


The place God calls you to is the place where deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. -Frederick Buechner  We invite you.

Article Comments:

Sister Leonette 09/20/2020 @ 8:01 pm

Beautiful and inspiring, Sr. Martinella!


Sister Ane Marie Lom 09/20/2020 @ 8:35 pm

Thank you…so true!


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