TOWER OF IVORY / by Joseph Castorino


Lady of Lourdes, compassionately collect

  My prayers in your soft, gentle hands;

Transform them into multicolored rose petals,

  And lay them at the feet of the King.


Keep me as the apple of your amiable eyes,

  Lovingly caring for me;

Help change the black bludgeon of bleakness

  Into the sparkling emerald of elation.


In Jesus’ name, courageously crush

  Under your feet the head of my evil enemy;

Pour the Holy Spirit’s humble honey

  Into the emptiness of my soul.


Teach me to know that sweet devotion

  Is possible in every vocation;

Enlighten me that I will see that holiness

  Can be the center of every profession.