How will you
celebrate the Year of Faith? As the Catholic
Church readies to begin this special year declared by Pope
Benedict XVI that begins Thursday, October 11, 2012, a Regnum
Christi member who lives in North Carolina has put a
pen to paper to share her poetry.
Stacy Peterson, a mother of 12, is
using her talents to inspire others on their faith journey. She has written The Gatekeeper Awaits in anticipation
of the upcoming 12-month-period. Stacy is a published
poet -- you can read some of her work at
the link www.catholiclane.com. (To read one of
her most current poems, Passionate Love, written in honor of
a mother who lost her son, CJ, nine years ago,
click here. For her poem The Star
click here, and for her poem First Kiss click
The Gatekeeper Awaits is a call to faith!” she explained.
“I wrote this one morning immediately following Mass.
I had been meditating on the crucifix, and just had
this image of the point of my praying hands plunging
into Christ´s chest wound.”
She said that the words from the Mass, "He entered
willingly into His passion" were the primary inspiration for the
poem. “That phrase had really been speaking to
me for awhile,” she said.
Her poetry frequently comes from “the
inspiration of the Holy Spirit,” she said. “The
first line comes to me, and then it flows really
The motto for the new millennium Jubilee Year 2000 (declared
by the late Pope John Paul II) -- "Open wide
the doors to Christ" -- has also “resounded” with Stacy
ever since she visited St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome that
Explaining more about
the inspiration for her new poem, Stacy said her meditation
on St. John of the Cross´ thoughts on the theological
virtues were important. The saint’s writings say “faith
purifies the intellect,” “hope purifies the memory,” and “love purifies
said she was once told by a Legionary priest that
Gethsemane means “oil press,” so she incorporated this information as
waited about three years to use that meditation, so I
was excited!” she said.
Much of her poetry has been the fruit of years
of meditation, she explained. “Be present to what’s
going on in your soul, and eventually it will come
out in one way or another.”
She encourages those who feel called to
write poetry to give it a try. “Be attentive to
the stirrings of your soul, and act when you feel
moved to write,” she said. She recommends being
well nourished in one’s faith. “Meditate on what inspires you
– sacred writings and prayers.”
Poets must realize the main audience for any poem
is the author himself or herself, she said.
“Your poetry belongs to you, regardless
of what anyone thinks. Primarily the audience is
Following is her poem:
The Gatekeeper Awaits!
Open the door of Faith
Plunge your praying hands through his wounded
sword! Thank you for a straightened path into his Sacred
Now, pierce his
heart with your laser Faith!
Beloved One, penetrate his chambers.
His heartbeat drowns reason’s fears, transfusing your mind with Truth.
Faith illuminates the
mind of God! Revelation, upon revelation!
Clarity through the window fogged by human wisdom.
Transformed by Truths, barriers become the
Door of Faith.
Within the mind of God, transcendence permeates mundane realities.
You live encompassed by time, but
Precious blood courses
through fragile faith, mysteriously sparking synapses…
He entered willingly into his passion,
Through the door of Faith! Eloi!
Eloi! Lama sabachthani!”
My God! Why have you forsaken me?”
The Word, carved into his father’s
Secured by that
hand of mutual love to his cross.
His faith became The Door!
Now, open wide The door to
Christ, which is Faith!
turns the knob. A chink of light escapes….
Ah!!! Love rushes in……
Love swoons on its cross.
It enters willingly into temporal relationships
Knowing they hint at eternal
unity, a security unrealized in time.
Purified by Faith, your intellect embraces that
which nature finds repugnant.
delayed gratification, mortification, pouring yourself out, and out….
Saying you’re sorry, confessing, forgiving, listening, understanding,
Embracing your enemy.
Faith! It is the
Light upon your path.
the Book! Believe the inspired Word,
Walk by Faith, for his precious blood is the
reliable cairn through the wilderness.
His path led him across the Kidron Valley,
into the Garden of Gethsemane: The Olive Press garden.
Enter your Gethsemane willingly.
The Press of your Faith will yield
Rejoice in Hope!
of hope awaits your hand. Turn it!
Open the Door of Faith! Enter eternal life
awaits the command of your Faith!