Gary Edward Geraci

Ungrateful Son

Your way in, past her cubicle,

and she’s bent over, bent over

once again, a spiritual book


opened, her desk cluttered. She’s told

you before, in an imperative

way, this world didn’t just put itself


together on its own; her readings

keep her grounded and one must keep

a grip on reality - or suffer


at the hands of a modern world

lost in its own accomplishments.

This time she looks up, noticing


that I’m noticing and she looks

me directly in the eye and mouths

“you are loved; all of us are loved”


and she closes her book. I mumble

to myself “that's right: no more Masses

and my wife practically broke an ankle


collecting coronavirus test kits.”

When I get to my own desk I pull out

my own spiritual book and in


the first sentence read: “Throughout Sacred

Scripture one reads continually

of the love of God for us. He lets


us know this in various ways.”*

"Then You’ll understand too Lord if

my faith is shaken." - I prayed as I closed the book.


Gary Edward Geraci


*In Conversation With God: Meditation for each day of the year - Volume Two: Lent - Holy Week -Eastertide by Francis Fernandez


  • orchidee

    It's certainly a 'Lent feeling', the world over. 40 days of it for Jesus, plus miserable temptings from the evil one. Would we have given up, turned the stones into bread, etc? Yet all in God's overall purposes. 'Soon shatter Satan under our feet' was a line of a prayer in an Anglican/Protestant book.

  • Claudelle DeLuna

    Well penned piece, Gary
    enjoyed through & through...

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