Pilgrim II

By Murray Bodo, O.F.M.

From the 1980 book, “Sing Pilgrimage and Exile”


You reach out, trying to find

some point of contact 

with God.

You know He is reaching down

to you

but your hands miss each other


in the darkness.

The darkness is your own

and you look, cat-eyed,

through the night



for Him who is


You feel Him all around you 

and inside you

but somehow you fail

to meet.


Then you reach out to some stranger

on a crowded bus

and your hand feels

God’s grip

and His Light shines in your eyes

and you hear His 

human Voice.



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