Saints toiled tirelessly for pearl of great price

October 30, 2014
Source: District of the USA

A poem that beautifully summarizes the efforts of the Saints to become sanctified and win their eternal reward in Heaven—which we are similarly being called to do while still on earth!

All Saints Day is rapidly approaching (Sunday, November 1) and to help prepare our minds for this great festival of Church Triumphant, we offer this poem that recalls what the saints were willing endure to become more like Christ and thus holy. This composition should further serve as an inspiration (as all the lives of the saints ought) for us—that sanctity is obtainable and within our reach if only we strive for it.

As a prelude to the poem for All Saints Day, we offer a few quotations from Holy Scripture about the Communion of the Saints.

Communion of the Saints in Holy Writ

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalm 115:15

The Lord preserveth the souls of his saints, he will deliver them out of the hand of the sinner. Psalm 96:10

Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: let his praise be in the church of the saints. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: and let the children of Sion be joyful in their king. Let them praise his name in choir: let them sing to him with the timbrel and the psaltery. For the Lord is well pleased with his people: and he will exalt the meek unto salvation. The saints shall rejoice in glory: they shall be joyful in their beds. The high praise of God shall be in their mouth: and two-edged swords in their hands: To execute vengeance upon the nations, chastisements among the people: To bind their kings with fetters, and their nobles with manacles of iron. To execute upon them the judgment that is written: this glory is to all his saints. Alleluia. Psalm 149

For this is the will of God, your sanctification. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto sanctification. 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7

Thou toiled tirelessly for the pearl of great price

Well the battlefield[1]
thou didst trod,
bearing the armor[2]
of Christ our God;
Gospel of peace,
thy feet were shod,
holy heeled;
armed with the Faith,
thy trusty shield;
girded with the Truth:
Light of the world,
shining brightly
to every nation;[3]
atop thy crown,
helmet of salvation;
bravely thou stood
thy battle station;
sheathed with the sword
of the Spirit,
His holy Word
made Flesh...
the Incarnation:
Who was made poor...
humiliation,
that we might be rich;[4]
Prince of Peace,
Who had no palace
to take His rest;[5]
Whom thou didst bear
within thy breast;
sons and daughters,
servants loyal,
of the Son of man,
our King royal

And... indeed...
what couldst thou fear?
Distress?
Famine?
Tribulation?
Persecution?
or the sword?
For...
what couldst keep thee
from Jesus our Lord?
If Christ be for us,
who be against us?[6]
Thou hadst faith,
even as small as
a mustard seed;[7]
Thou trusted in Him
Who fills
our every need;[8]
He, Who gives us
His Flesh to eat,[9]
does He not all sow
our hearts meat?[10]

So...
thou didst not shrink, shirk, or recede
from trials,
toils, and misery;
Thou kept thy hand
to the plow[11]
by the sweat
of thy brow;
His sweet yoke,
thou didst bear,[12]
pressing on
toward the goal[13]
the Pearl
of great price;[14]
thou toiled tirelessly
for the Faith...
the victory,
which conquers,
all the wiles
of the world,[15]
through Him
by Whom
it was made,[16]
these words
He humbly prayed:
"Holy Father...
Sanctify them in truth.
Thy word is truth
."[17]

"Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me." John 14:6


Footnotes

1 Job 7:1; 2 Timothy 4:7-8.

2 Ephesians 6:11-18.

3 Matthew 5:14-16; John 1:4, 5, 9, 8:12, 12:35-36.

4 2 Corinthians 8:9; Philippians 4:19.

5 Matthew 8:20; Luke 9:58.

6 Romans 8:31-39.

7 Matthew 17:19; Luke 17:6.

8 Matthew 6:25-34; Luke 6:21, 12:22-32.

9 Matthew 26:26; John 6:51-58.

10 Psalms 80:11, 144:15-16.

11 Luke 9:62.

12 Matthew 11:28-30.

13 Philippians 3:14.

14 Matthew 13:45-46.

15 1 John 5:4.

16 John 1:3; Colossians 1:16.

17 John 17:17.