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A poem on the priesthood - Among the Apostles
The following thoughts came to Fr John O'Neill, parish priest of Doonside, in the Parramatta Diocese, while riding between Krambach and Taree, NSW, on 26 May 2007. On 21 July, Fr O'Neill celebrated 45 years of his priesthood and included this poem in his parish bulletin with the words: 'It is my hope that, some day, someone from our parish will join those privileged ranks, and discover what I have tried to express in the following poem.'
'Among the Apostles'
Ah! to be in that sturdy boat at the edge of that rippling sea:
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Ah! To stride with Him those countless miles and with Him to be truly free;
* * *
Ah! Grace indeed! His choice did fall, and I trembled in the Spirit's love
* The first words in the Prayer of Ordination.
Father O'Neill, who is an accomplished poet and author, has been a regular contributor to 'AD2000'.
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 10 (November 2007), p. 13
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