Fear-Freed by Franciscan Sister Nancy Kinate

by Sister Nancy on March 5, 2011

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Nancy Kinate reflects on the Word of God in Isaiah 41 &43 and Luke 8:23-27 in the poem ‘Fear-Freed’.

One Scripture phrase which appears frequently caught my attention is: “Do not be afraid…or “Fear not…” It is addressed to so many different characters among God’s people and even to the most faithful of the faithful, Mary, in the account of the Annunciation. This phrase has been very comforting and hopeful to me over the years and has prompted me to consider: Could this repetitive theme be there because fear is such a common temptation and human reaction, even among the very faithful in Scripture? Certainly this is true for me, especially relative to the unexpected and challenging experiences of life. (photo: Sister Elena Gonzales, OSF)

Fear-Freed

Tenderly yet tightly I rest secure

Fear-freed in the arms of God

Deftly drawn to love all life

I hug experience and tenuously touch future.

Trembling tugs and tears at heart and hope

As beats the slow, strong, steady pulse.

Generous, gentle, generative God grace this pace.

As cling-free and confused for You I grope.

Fear rocks and floods the embrace

Both chiding and calming, fragile faith.

For life fear-full when fear freed

Journeys stormy sea to sacred space.

4 thoughts on “Fear-Freed by Franciscan Sister Nancy Kinate”

  1. Ssharon says:

    Sr. Nancy, thank you for your very reflective poem. Yes, the Blessed Mother certainly encountered fear many times also when the angel asked her to be the Mother of God, when she was found with child, the loss of Jesus in the Temple, the Crucifixion & Death of her only begotten Son on the Cross and YET, she is the model of faith & trust. God's graces and Her assistance is real & as you mentioned in your poem:”God's grace is generous, gentle & generative.” In Is. 41, the psalm you reflect says “For I am the Lord, your God, who grasp your right hand.” To me, fear purifies faith and keeps it alive to TRUST more & continue on the journey. Sr. Elena, your picture is a good one showing at the top the calming faith & as it goes over the top it meets turbulent waters of life and as it continues meets many encounters, people & events to sacred space to strengthen faith and wipe out fear as it journeys over and over again. Thank you for this meditative poem & picture. Sr. Sharon Paul

  2. Shelena says:

    Thank you, Sister Nancy, for sharing your poem and reflection. It is calming and comforting.

  3. Matt Ronsman says:

    Sister Nancy,
    Please email me if you are indeed the same Sister Nancy Kinate that was my 8th grade teacher at St. Joe's in 1986 in Green Bay. I can't imagine there are lots of Sister Nancy Kinates out there but who knows? 🙂 Just wanted to say “Hi”.
    Thanx,
    Matt Ronsman
    matt@ronsman.com

  4. Jill says:

    How beautiful!  🙂 Jill

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