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 PressAmazon and select bookstores like the Little Way in Crystal Lake.


Christ Was Powerful and Self-Effacing

Matthew 8:1-4


Huge crowds followed Christ; He was popular.

A leper had faith in Christ who was modest.

Christ had mercy and respect for the Law.

All of us can learn from this episode.


Christ touched the leper with humility.

We must never scorn anyone for scars.

Let us not have leprosy of the soul.

If we repent, Jesus can make us clean.


I have had skin cancer three times.  I’m cured.

Dermatology is helpful for me.

Sun block and a hat help prevent sunburn.

Doctor Michael Fretzin helps me to learn.


Jesus Christ did not want publicity.

He would later die for you and for me.


Patrick McCaskey


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