Sonnet: Is Earthly-Life, A Purgatory?

O God, perhaps this is my purgatory!
Help me to bear my sufferings with joy;
Let pain and strife become my offertory;
Let not the devils with my soul to toy.

When trials come and tribulations too,
My face must wear a smile that never fades;
When out of habit, mortal sins I do,
Let me ignore the devils’ accolades!

Let remorse strike my plaintive heart early;
Let guilt not make me commit suicide;
Just like you can’t uncurl the curly hair,
Man sins, his actions being malafide!

Make me penitent and do my penance;
Gain forgiveness to see God’s countenance.

by Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar M.D.,

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