Friday, January 26, 2007
The saintly poetry contest is on! Our readers have offered us the Mother Cabrini prayer to fix cars:
come down from your cloud
and fix my machini!"
It sounds a little off kilter and demanding to me, but there you are. The meter doesn't sound right to me somehow.
put down your martini,
come down from your cloud
and fix my machini! "
Works a little better for me, but clearly not perfect.
There is also a Mother Cabrini prayer for parking cars:
stop eating linguini,
please find a spot
for my little machini."
I made up the linguini part.
This begs the question, why Mother Cabrini, of all people?
To start with, she was remarkably well traveled. She established major hospitals in New York, Chicago and Seattle as well as schools and orphanages all over the world.
She certainly had the tenacity of a car salesman.
I think, though, that her helpful hand with car situations has to do with the fact that one famous story about her involves a ride in a fancy car. It seems she had a dream of a house on top of a hill. It was so wonderful she wanted to put an orphanage up there.
Can I just stop and say, how many people would see a great house on the top of a hill, in a dream or otherwise, and think "orphanage"? Really, not many. Not Aaron Spelling, or Mel Gibson or Nancy Reagan, not Michael Jordan, not Johnny or Ed...really...not many.
So the next day Mother Cabrini and some of her sisters were walking along and Mother Cabrini flagged down a chauffeur driven limosine for a ride. The limo passenger, a rich lady, was happy to give the sisters a lift. During the ride Mother Cabrini spoke about the house on the hill in her dream. When they got to the convent the lady asked for a glass of water. She said this:
"Mother Cabrini, that house you dreamed of is mine, I own it. I never thought of parting with it, but if I may be allowed to enter your Holy House for a moment and receive a glass of water in the name of the Lord, your little orphans shall have their home with my blessing."
She was a very wordy rich woman. Anyhow that's how Mother Cabrini got her orphanage is Seattle. Apparently Mother Cabrini is happy to help you get where you're going, too.
But hold your horses! There is another parking saint! The Little Flower offered to continue helping in her little way from heaven.
"Little Flower, Little Flower, send me some of your parking power."
These poems all seem to have the 'say the name of the saint twice' thing in common. I guess you want to make sure you get their attention.
You could try, "Little Flower, don't be dour" or "Little Flower, erase my glower..."
I can't imagine what the Little Flower, who never went anywhere in her life, never rode in a car and lived in a cloister has to do with parking. Unless you figure that once she got into the convent she was pretty much parked there. It doesn't really fly for me.
Neither Mother Cabrini nor the Little Flower are incorrupt, by the way. But the Little Flower did go on a world tour a few years back, finally traveling all over the world the way she would have liked, being a missionary. Sigh.