Surprising, inspiring, and all very human, Patrick McCaskey‘s Poems About the Gospel is a perfect book for all seasons–including Lent. Patrick McCaskey is a Vice President and Director of the Chicago Bears , Chairman of Sports Faith International, and WSFI Catholic Radio 88.5, as well as the author of our Sports and Faith Series. He is also a grandson of George “Papa Bear” Halas. Poems About the Gospel is available from Sporting Chance Press, Amazon and select bookstores like the Little Way in Crystal Lake.

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Luke 18:9-14

Pharisee does rhyme with humility,

But this Pharisee was self-satisfied.

He did not kneel and his prayers were not true.

He listed the things that he was doing right.


The tax collector knelt; he was humble.

He repented; he put his trust in God.

Here is something from a Saint Augustine

Sermon, “Man is a beggar before God.”


When this passage was the Gospel, my dad

did a parody of the Pharisee.

“Lord, I thank thee that I am not like the

other men: dirty, unshaven, and late.”


What is to be learned from this parable?

Pray with constancy and humility.

Patrick McCaskey

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