Patient Endurance in Every Trial
Fasting, solitude, silence, and singing
Of Psalms are helpful in saving your soul.
Add thanksgiving, prayer, and humility,
Firmness and strength through patient endurance.
Even if you win every game, you won’t
Play every down. When you are off the field,
You can help others by being a clown.
Provide some respectful comic relief.
Please help other people work through their grief.
Capital improvements like fixing the
Parking lot and the track were not like
Detention and being stretched on a rack.
Our bodies are temples of The Holy
Spirit. I need to downsize my body.
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. The Sports and Faith include stories of athletes and others who live exemplary lives like George “Papa Bear” Halas, Pat’s grandfather. Surprising, inspiring, and all very human, Patrick McCaskey’s Poems About the Gospel is Patrick’s first book of poems where readers can find a few words of encouragement in every one. 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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Image Incense: Photograph from Father Lawrence Lew, O. P., Flickr. Thurible photographed after Solemn Vespers on Easter Sunday.