Blessed is she who suffers with
the very young,
the very old, and the very lonely,
for she has compassion.
Blessed is she who greets the
world with joy,
laughter, and anticipations,
for she has courage.
Blessed is she who speaks gently,
and chooses to give freely,
for she has dignity.
Blessed is she who listens and hears
and extends her hands as a friend,
for she has understanding.
Blessed is she who gives simply,
and walks joyfully in life,
for she has awareness.
Blessed is she who has
compassion and courage,
freedom and dignity,
understanding, sincerity, and awareness,
for she is a woman, a gift, a blessing.
(Courtesy of the Newark Archdiocesan
Council of Catholic Women)