Lou Ella Hickman is a member of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament and is a former teacher and librarian. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines such as America, First Things, Emmanuel, Third Wednesday, and new verse news, as well as in four anthologies: The Night's Magician: Poems about the Moon, edited by Philip Kolin and Sue Brannan Walker; Down to the Dark River, edited by Philip Kolin; Secrets, edited by Sue Brannan Walker; and After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events, edited by Tom Lombardo. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2017. Her first book of poetry, titled she: robed and wordless, was published in 2015.
Along with Mary, what other women of the Bible could inspire our prayer for so many needs in our world? Think of Rizpah, Queen Esther, Hannah, the mother of Peter and Andrew, the prophetess Anna, and more.
The Stations or the Way of the Cross began its historical journey as a devotion during the 400s. I hope my reflections on several of the Stations could be another way we religious sisters and nuns can encourage people during this time of great burdens.