Christ Is the One Who Reveals the Father
Jesus Christ is our gateway to heaven.
He gives us our noble aspirations.
When I was a student at Saint Mary’s
In Des Plaines, the City of Destiny,
We had Mass on First Fridays. After Mass,
We consumed sweet rolls and hot chocolate
For ten cents that went to the missions.
When I was a child, at the end of grace
Before meals, my father used to say, “Dear
Lord, please convert the Russians. Our Lady
Help of the sick pray for them. May the souls
Of the faithful departed, through the mer-
cy of God, rest in peace, Amen.” Later,
He said, “In your prayers, remember the Bears.”
Patrick McCaskey is a Vice President and Director of the Chicago Bears, Chair of Sports Faith International, and Chair of WSFI Catholic Radio 88.5, as well as poet and the author of our Sports and Faith Series. He is also a grandson of George “Papa Bear” Halas. Surprising, inspiring, and all very human, Patrick McCaskey’s Poems About the Gospel is a book for all seasons where readers can find a few words of encouragement in every poem. Poems About the Gospel is available from Sporting Chance Press, Amazon and select bookstores like the Little Way in Crystal Lake.
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Photo of Patrick McCaskey in studio, courtesy of Catholic Radio WSFI, 88.5 FM.