Sister Cora’s Last Lesson

A powerful teaching from an unlikely source

Sister Cora’s Last Lesson

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“Here’s something you might want to do,” said my husband, as we left church one Sunday. He pointed to an item in the parish bulletin: Has your life ever been touched by the Sisters of St. Joseph? Would you like to return the kindness? It went on to ask for volunteers to help out at the local nursing home for the retired nuns from the order.

The Sisters had staffed the Catholic schools in our area for many years and taught all three of our children. They had also shown me great kindness when I was growing up. My mother died when I was eleven, and for the next two years, the Sisters had taken me into their boarding school and under their wing, giving me the support, kindness, and direction that I needed.

That bulletin came at the perfect time. Our last child had just gone off to college, and our family “nest” was feeling very empty. Volunteering at the nursing home seemed like just the thing to do.

“Yes, But …” I had one stipulation, though, and I told God about it as I drove to the home for my first interview: “Lord, I will gladly read to these…

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