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My Catholic School Confusion~A Poem

Updated on December 11, 2016

What is the meaning/definition of Catholic

The word catholic literally means "universal," as in "the universal church." It originally was applied to all Christians because we are all part of the universal church in the way that we are all members of the Body of Christ. The Latin word is catholicus, and in Greek it is katholikos, from the Greek phrase meaning "on the whole, according to the whole or in general." The word in English can mean "including a wide variety of things; all-embracing," or "of the Roman Catholic faith," or "relating to the historic doctrine and practice of the Western Church.”

Catholic School Poem

I pray for the nun that pulled on our ears

she filled us with guilt and preyed on our fears

I know she was lost in that day in age

she acted like a monster with deep-seated rage

You made us believe that Jesus was mad

I pity you sister, that thinking is sad

The powers that be left you lonely and small

and made you think working with kids was your call

We felt so afraid in the church pew at school

must fold our hands nicely and follow your rule

I won't let mistakes thwart or tarnish my view

the Lord is my savior and he forgives you

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© 2010 Linda Rogers


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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    MJClarke17Twelve-What a wonderful compliment. Yes, this was my story of one of the sisters at my Catholic grade school. Some of the sisters were lovely and gifted but the one I spoke of had many issues to resolve. Thank you so much for taking time to read my poem. It means a lot.

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    MJClarke17Twelve 7 years ago

    Brilliant! Did you make this?

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    lorlie6-AAHH, then you definitely get it. thx for stopping in lorlie and checking out my poem. Have a great day!

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    Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

    Hi Minnetonka Twin-I didn't go to Catholic school, but I did go to an all girl's boarding school, so your poem rings true for me as well.

    Lovely poem!

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    steffsings-Thanks for your comment. It is so true that how we live is how we evangelize God's love. Blessings to you!

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    steffsings 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

    Painful but inspiring. I thank you for sharing this. Unfortuantely this theme reaches across denomination lines and hits at the heart of many... Does God love me - How I answer this question may be how I portray Him to others; and is reflected in how we live and share the truth. Important post, so very important!

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    fetty-Thank You soo much for sharing that cute story about your brother. It's so touching! Trust me, even in my school, there were some sisters that were wonderful with children. It is good for people to know that their were many sisters called to that profession for the right reason. Thanks again for your comment.

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    fetty 7 years ago from South Jersey

    I always loved my sisters. ( We were taught not to say nun as that was disrespectful.) My kid brother, though, was an overly active, bored first grader who started first grade at five. So did I because kidergarten was not mandatory, yet. We both had December birthdays. Anyway, I was extemely shy to the point where my Sister sent me to the office everyday with papers; just to force me to interact a little more. On the way to the office I would see Sister Francis chasing my brother with a ruler. He usually hid under a long table. I would return to my room sporting a hugh fish lip. Eventually, my sister asked me what was the matter. I spoke up and nine times out of ten she would let me rescue him and bring him back to her class room . What a dear. My brother was not innocent. I guess he just really wasn' t ready for a formal education. But I loved my teacher for caring about his welfare. Today, I never shut up. Some friends don't believe this story.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    CYBERSUPE-I think it's awesome that you have daughters that became nuns. This poem was just my experience of some unhappy nuns. Thanks for the comment.

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    I am married to girl who spent 16 years in a Catholic educational system. I thought I heard every story about nuns that could be told but yours is a new one. We were blessed in our family for we have Two girls who became Nuns.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks Tkumah you are always so supportive.

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    Tkumah 7 years ago

    A great muse and a fine get back.