Chosen One

There were some who took it as sign
Of punishment,
Declaring God had given vent
To displeasure for some secret sin
She had done,
When Maida gave birth to her crippled son.
But good old Aunt May shook her head,
And she said just the opposite thing:
That God had loved Maida especially,
To entrust to her care on a day in spring
The frail little one with the broken wing!

ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER