Falling Short

Falling Short

If I had the Clarity of St. Paul

The Wisdom of Solomon

The Simplicity of St. Teresa of Lisieux

The Courage of Joan of Arc

The Trust of St. Faustina Kowalska

The Knowledge of St. Thomas Aquinas

The Chastity of St. Augustine

The Fortitude of Mother Teresa

The Faith of St. Bernadette

The Obedience of Padre Pio

The Love of St. Francis

The Humility of St. Anthony

The Hope of St. Monica

The Insight of St John of the Cross

And the Compassion of Mary, mother of God

And if I had the Devotion

Of the anonymous “sinful woman”

Who bathed Jesus’s feet with her tears

Wiped them with her hair

Showered them with her kisses

Then anointed them with oil

When at Simon the Pharisee’s party….

I would still fall short

(But not by much)

Of being worthy of

The purity and magnitude

Of the Lord’s Infinite Mercy

For us all

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