Sister Mary Lou Kownacki

Sister Mary Lou Kownacki

In my office I have a beautiful photo on the wall above my desk with
this quote by the Japanese poet Ryokan

“Oh, that my monk’s robe
Were wide enough
To gather up all
The suffering people
In this floating world.”

I have lived my monastic life trying to live into that poem. I believe that at the end of the day all the years of prayer, of work, of community building and relationships will be measured by one standard — how wide is my monk’s robe, how compassionate is my heart? So I pray it every day.