Monday Morning Poetry, April 3

Baseball Diamond by Geoff Livingston courtesy of Flickr







First Base


When asked about his progress in prayer

he sadly said: “I’m still on first base.”


There we all are,

tyros in the spiritual life,

always beginning anew.


Though the spiritual masters –

John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila,

Catherine of Siena –

write eloquently of prayer and things divine,

when they wake in the morning

they start again from scratch,

from first base.


Perhaps, if God sees fit,

He allows us one or two home runs –

but no more than that

lest we, amateurs always,

think we are pros.

Bishop Robert Morneau