Catholic School Week deserves a Franciscanized post. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity would like to highlight the development of faith that is encouraged by the presence of a teacher in the lives of children. We share a poem by our own Sister Teresa Clare Scharinger entitled A Science Teacher Muses.” Sister Elena Gonzales shares photos.
A Science Teacher Muses
Of what worth to know the orbits
Of every satellite and star,
Its speed or light-year-distances,
Why probe the deep with bathysphere
With rockers soar above,
And care nothing of the height and depth
Of Your Redeeming Love?
Why map out DNA in genes,
Balance molecules and heat,
And never find the trysting place
Where God and souls may meet?
But not how empty life can be,
Without a prism called “Our Lady
To refract Your love to me.
Why count and trap sound frequencies
Pulsating through the air,
Yet fail to “catch” Your will for me
And transmit it back as prayer.
Transformer, emfs, and dynamos
Yet brush the “Eucharistic field”
Without Faith set all aglow.
And how contemplate in seed or egg
Life — in water or on land,
Without a surge of confidence –
All rests in Your dear Hand.
All nature bows to You.
The more fields man strives to open —
The more he sees of You.
But nature like immersion lense,
Can only probe so far —
And none but You can tell the All
Of Who and What You are.
It’s obvious that Sister Teresa Clare saw the reflection of God in science and in the world that surrounded her. But nature can probe only so far. None but God, can tell the ‘All of Who He is’.