Breastplate of St. Seminary

Prayers with me,
Reading before me,
Homework behind me,
Reflection in me,
Paper writing beneath me,
Theology discussion above me,
Iced tea on my right,
Diet coke on my left,
Rest when I lie down,
Cohort community when I sit down,
Coffee when I arise,
Gratitude in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Personal growth in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Ministry potential in every eye that sees me,
Transformation in every ear that hears me.

* With apologies and credit to St. Patrick who originally penned this beautiful poem, describing Christ’s presence with, before, behind and in him. May that indeed be all our own experiences as we progress through, and beyond, not only seminary, but life.