Chapter 8 Summary

Matron remains unconscious for only a few seconds, and when others want her to leave the room she is adamant that she will stay. She takes a position near Sister Mary Joseph Praise’s head and massages her fingers as blood is being transfused into her arm. She looks at the hands of the younger woman and knows they had been used as “instruments of God.” In contrast to Sister’s long, slender fingers, Matron’s are rough and have clearly been used in much more physical labor. Tears track down Matron’s face as she prays for this daughter she could never have and wonders why the Lord did not spare all of them this agony. Matron feels her body shaking and tells the Lord He can take her any time, but she hopes it will not be...

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