Conditions for Following Jesus Christ


Luke 14:25-33


Jesus was much more than a great teacher.

He was the ultimate, greatest preacher.

Put Jesus Christ first or expect the worst.

God elected Jacob; he chose Rachel.


Take God’s side.  In compromise, do not hide.

Love God before relatives and strangers.

The builder should be able to finish.

The king should win or negotiate peace.


Saint Gregory the Great was never late.

Since he was on time, we can be sublime.

He taught us to use the things of this world

But desire to take the heavenly things.


My father used to say, “When I am the

Lector, there’s usually a big crowd.”


Patrick McCaskey


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.

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