Effectiveness of Prayer, the Golden Rule

Matthew 7:7-12


Jesus Christ encourages us to pray

With confidence.  He knows God will listen.

If we do good unconditionally,

Then there are no limits about what we ask.


The golden rule is really cool.  It is

The standard to apply.  Christ is our guy.

It is in the Sermon on the Mount.

Blessings we receive are many to count.


Jesus teaches the fullness of the Law.

Love for neighbor sums up the commandments.


My father often said, “Keep the faith.”

Bishop Barron says God gives us answers.

To have faith is to live outside the box.

Risk, venture, and believe the impossible.


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 and Poems About the Gospel II are books 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 LakePoems About the Gospel II is exclusively available from Amazon.

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Image: Saint Matthew’s Church in Copenhagen includes an altarpiece by Henrik Olrik which depicts the Sermon on the Mount. This image here is a detail of the enormous later piece.  Orlik was a 19th century Danish painter and sculpture.