Daily prompt -Saintly Strength

As a boy I never thought of Saints as strong men.   From my perspective they were odd,  usually poor,  meek, they didn’t care about power, physical strength, wealth, fame.   These were all the things I DID care about.

Even though I had a strong attraction to God and spiritual concepts I gradually moved closer to things of this world.  Saints were not something that interested me other than to acknowledge that they were Saints; some unachievable status granted by the Church.

Then, the world turned on me, as it usually does.  In very difficult circumstances, I realized what friendship really meant.  I realized that this world is temporary, not just in the life or death sense, but even more so.  It is temporary by circumstance.  One day you are healthy and successful, interesting and sought after – and overnight you find yourself very sick, weak, unable to defend, so you are taken advantage of, betrayed and in need of Mercy.

Saints, of which I am certainly far from, have a different, permanent strength.   They are there when the world turns on us.   They can be called on for Mercy.  They love us unconditionally, no matter our circumstances.  They can be beaten, tortured, burned alive and they do not change.

Saintly Strength is true Strength.   This Strength is offered to us.  It is not easy to receive but it’s there when we needed it – all we need to do is humbly ask.

 Saintly   

Please let me know your thoughts…

Learning

Our best teachers  start a fire inside us. The fire will last a life time if you tend to it.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford

Watch this Amazing 103 year old women –  still loving the life long learning of Dance

Learning, unlike a degree,  is life long and makes life long.  The more you learn the more each minute is lived.  Each scene, each emotion, each relationship is enhanced through your leaning.

Learning keeps you young.  Tending to that fire of curiosity keeps our mind and spirit active.

Learning is the path to the gift of the Holy Spirit – Wisdom.  Wisdom is within-accessible to all of us; is a gift to us.  This spirit becomes more accessible if we humble ourselves and seek to learn.

The curiosity to learn a new skill, sport, discipline, hobby – keeps you alert, on on the right path and away from the stress and damage of pride and arrogance.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. – Matthew 11:29