Lo: Gethsemane; as well, its vintage
consecrated by His transformative
not regenerative, for the mintage
of stigmata imprints Caesar’s coinage
indelibly. But what is God’s to give
assuages mortal anguish: to forgive
e’en mortal sins is Mercy’s hospitage.
Thomas through His wounds knows the risen Lord:
from that first fault waking sin’s greater woes
do we with grievous wounds our guilt record.
Oh happy faults from which God’s Mercy flows!
Oh holy, mighty Mystery, that good
should come from suff’ring on a cross of wood!
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