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A Poem for Lent


Rags for heaven

It isn’t in the exercise of power
That one gains strength
But in its constant restraint;
The greatest being that ever lived
Won eternity in his stillness;

It isn’t in the arrogant display
Of authority that one begets respect
But how fairly and humbly he dispenses it;
Justice isn’t giving someone what he needs
But what truly he deserves;

No one acquires dignity
In the sufferings of others
Nor nobility at the expense
Of the slaves;

Heaven comes close to one
Who gives up the best part of himself
To fill the emptiness of another.

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