(The Dark Night, book I: chapter 14)
"Count it all joy, my brethren, when
you meet various trials, for you know that
the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
And let steadfastness have its full effect,
that you may be perfect and complete, lacking
in nothing." (25)
Temptations and trials pursue,
Her doggedly throughout this night:
Like hungry wolves stalking virtue:
Howling, growling -- just out of sight.
The strong can outpace and endure
The evil that nips at their heels;
The weak, who struggle to stay pure,
Find Mercy's aid in their appeals.
She works hard to maintain her pace
Heart and mind focused on her goal:
An athlete who will win this race,
As endurance strengthens her soul.
Through the fear and uncertainty,
She strives not to offend His heart;
Whose perfect love and purity,
Has been her coach right from the start.
She must struggle and not succumb;
The greater race has yet to come.
May our Heavenly Coach grant us the strength
to persevere and to keep
our eyes on the prize of His kingdom.
25. James 1:2-4
(c) Paul Buis, 2004