OUR LORD'S PINCH HITTER IN THE DARK NIGHT / by Joseph Castorino

I want to be an everyday starter

and have the freedom to play

and just do what I want,

but more and more,

the Divine Manager is

asking me to pinch hit,

very late in the game,

in the Dark Night;

so Our Lady explains

that my priority should be

to put the daily needs

of my family first;

then, and only then,

will I be ready to

focus on my own needs

as a pinch hitter;

she reminds me that

through the powerful

Prince of Patience

I will have the time

for whatever God wills --

then, when my time

finally comes, I’ll be ready:

as the opposing pitcher

fires a fastball right down

the middle of the plate,

I will steadily stride forward

with holy strength,

and with a swing that is

smooth and confident,

yet filled with humility,

I will line a single to right field;

I will look at Our Lady,

who will be cheering me on

from the dugout and

as I solidly stand on first base,

my heart will be rhyming

to the rhythm of the Spirit.