Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fisher of Men

Painting, probably of Ohlone men near San Francisco Bay, by Louis Choris

Fisher of Men

Based on writings by Father Serra

They are entirely naked,
as Adam in the garden before sin.
Not for one moment could we notice
the least sign of shame.

Before long, they will be caught
in the apostolic and evangelical net.
To God alone be all the honor
and glory! I dread to think

that such a plentiful harvest, ripe
for the reapers, remain untouched
They are entirely naked,
as Adam in the garden before sin.

I find it hard – a sinner like me –
to be left all alone, nearest priest
more than eighty leagues away, nothing
in between but savages and rough roads

but before long they will be caught
in the apostolic evangelical net.
More naked people than these
cannot be found in the whole world.

His Divine Majesty be pleased,
in his infinite mercy, give me
a holy death (they are entirely naked,
as Adam in the garden before sin).

When arrows were raining everywhere,
I held the Virgin’s picture in one hand,
Her Divine Crucified Son in the other.
Pray for me as I move amidst

dangers from naked and barbarous men.
Before long, they will be caught
in the apostolic and evangelical net.
Those who are to come here put up

with hardships for the love of God
and the salvation of souls …
but to a willing heart all is sweet,
amanti suave est.

They are naked as Adam
in the garden before sin.
Before long, they will be caught
in the apostolic and evangelical net:

such a plentiful harvest, ripe
for the reapers.

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