February 13, 2009

My Journey to God


“No pain, no gain.”
These words I heard again and again,
So in pain I remain,
Hoping it will pass—hoping to be whole once more.
Once more I seek the pill,
But remember the hill,
Where pain never ends, but love begins.
Dare I be his special friend?
I look up into that bloodied face
And try to keep pace
With that inner peace I see,
And accept that soon it will end
And I will be whole as
He in the midst of Calvary.

By Father Thomas K. Stepanski

(Father Thomas Stepanski, former pastor of Mary, Queen of Peace Parish in Danville, was granted early retirement in 2004. He wrote this poem last summer after experiencing “much illness,” and submitted it for the “My Journey to God” column in the hope of helping people who are struggling with health problems.)

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