How much is too much?

Chiesa di San Polo (Venice) – VIA CRUCIS II – Jesus carries his cross by Giandomenico Tiepolo

This is a hard question to ask myself,
but ask it I must.  How much am I willing
to lay down for You?  Put back on the shelf
the baubles and toys that make life seem thrilling?

There was once a time – I remember it still –
the way of the cross was a path all-compelling.
How much would I now renounce to Your will,
to be caught by a love all others excelling?

Am I sleep-walking on, at the risk of my soul,
to gain a whole world that must crumble to dust?
Have I taken my eyes off the one worthwhile goal?
This is a hard question, but ask it I must.


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