This week, we are sharing a poem from Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick, S.J., who shared his story and poetry with a rapt audience in the St. John Chapel last Sunday.

Fr. Tom has been a Jesuit for 64 years and a priest for 51. His writing reveals a lifelong spiritual journey with God. He uses humor and images of nature, with simple and direct language, to make God real for us.


Too Many to Love

The young girl in a crowded mall,

holding her mother’s hand, says

“So many people don’t know me.”

A deep longing to be known, to be loved.

Not known, not loved, are we human?

How many people have to know us?

How many people have to love us?

Is it enough to be known and loved by God?

-Thomas J. Fitzpatrick, S.J.

“Too Many to Love” – a Poem by Fr. Thomas J. Fitzpatrick