Peter thrice denied the Lord; Zaccheus was a cheat
And then there was the prostitute who wept at Jesus' feet.
Simon was an anarchist, Matthew plundered taxes.
The "sons of thunger," James and John, were angry battle-axes,
Like Paul, the rabid terrorist; and Dismas was a thief;
Magdalene was demon-filled, and Thomas lacked belief.
But they are in heaven, smiling down upon us now;
Each wears a brilliant halo tilted on a battered brow.
So things for us are looking up in this salvation business--
No matter what our "was-ness" was,
What truly counts is "is-ness."
-Fr. John H. Hampsch, CMF (from "The Awesome Mercy of God," 88)