OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY / by Joseph Castorino

When I squeezed the rosary with my

Tense fingers, my soul was bone dry;

I prayed too fast, as if trying to speed

Through Death Valley at high noon.

I pitched my prayers with fear, and they

Wildly eluded the spiritual strike zone;

It was as though they were frantically

Fired from a rickety machine gun.

Then you taught me how to pray, Madonnina,

More slowly, and more meaningfully;

I peacefully sprinkled the rosary throughout

The day, watering my soul’s garden.

I threw sizzling strikes with love, which you

Crisply caught and brought to Jesus;

As God’s holy warrior, Padre Pio spoke the

Truth: “Lord, give me my weapon.”