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A Labour of  love

Several months ago one of our Associates who is my very dear friend Therese Lecuyer asked a favor of me.  She requested that I make a large double-bed sized quilt in memory of her late husband.  Since this was something very new for me, I considered it a big challenge.  On the one hand I considered it was a delight to do it for her but when she sent me a huge number of her husband ‘s shirts to work with, and when I first received them, I asked myself, ‘What on earth am I going to do with ALL these shirts?’  I continued to stretch my imagination and my gifts of creativity kept surfacing and probing and nudging me with many new ideas including colors, patterns, even the weight of the padding was to be heavier and requiring different new steel needles.  At times I wondered if the machine might be necessary because the thickness of the padding caused some of the steel needles to break.  However, I did not break but steadfastly persevered and have now completed my work with a sense of confidence and competence as I now know my success is not only making a quilt but designing one and the photo of this beautiful quilt will show that it is ‘a precious gift’ and a beautiful labor of love.

Therese, herself, has been very ill and is presently in the Metropolitan Hospital in Windsor.  I trust the quilt will warm her body and her spirit as it brings to mind the joyous memories of their love that is forever.  I love them both and I am very appreciative of continuous learning and creating quilts and having successfully met the challenge of ‘designing’.  Growth is a gift of God and can best be summed up in the following Poem and Praise entitled ‘The Master Weaver’.      - Sister Florian


Our lives are but fine weavings,

that God and we prepare,

each life becomes a fabric planned,

and fashioned in his care …


We may not always see,

just how the weavings intertwine,

but we must trust the master’s hand,

and follow His design.


For He can view the pattern,

upon the upper side,

while we must look from underneath,

and trust in Him to guide.


Sometimes a strand of sorrow,

is added to His plan,

and though it’s difficult for us,

we still must understand.


That it’s He who flies the shuttle,

it’s He who knows what’s best,

so, we must weave in patience,

and leave to Him the rest …


Not till the loom is silent,

and the shuttles cease to fly,

shall God unroll the canvas,

and explain the reason why.


The dark threads are as needed,

in the Weaver’s skillful hand,

as the threads of gold and silver,

in the pattern He has planned.



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Reader Comments (8)

What a beautiful work of art, Sr. Florian.
You are a gifted artisan.

September 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJean Moylan

The quilt is awesome, and when I visited Therese yesterday she shared what an incredible gift this was to her and her two children. She had tears in her eyes as she hugged the small lap quilt that you also made for her from her husband's jeans.
You are "GIFT".

September 6, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Wirch

What a beautiful gift!! You are a very talented lady! I am sure that Theresa will be not only warm but comforted with your precious gift to her Florian. Treasure your gift !
Mary Diane

September 6, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMary Diane Cahill

Dear Sr. Florian, you are such an amazing person and such a wonderful gift to all who call you friend. I wish I had the words to tell you how your beautiful expression of love and generosity touched my heart. I love the ways you live out your charism. God Bless you.
Love and peace, Veronica

September 6, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica

Dear Florian,
Truly a HEART FELT gift of Love....
I saw Therese yesterday, Sept. 6 while in Windsor....and in her gasping for breath, she is faced with so much with which to deal as she hangs precariously between this life and the Life ahead. Your Quilt was again a tangible reminder to her of Rick's presence, of Love's presence and of how she is being held in that Love. The poem you added is very beautiful. Thanks for this, Florian.

September 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen (Lichti)

What a beautiful poem you have written! Very deep and very inspirational.
The quilt as well is precious work of love and art.
You are truly gifted.

God bless you


September 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterNURI

Sister Florian:

It is obvious God touches what you do. (1 Cor. 13:13) ...."but the greatest of these is love"
You are gift. Thank you

September 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDorothy Ann Howley


September 14, 2019 | Unregistered Commentersagar

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