“My son, be steadfast in honoring your father;
do not grieve him as long as he lives.
Even if his mind fails, be considerate of him;
do not revile him because you are in your prime.
Kindness to a father will not be forgotten;
it will serve as a sin offering – it will take lasting root.
In time of trouble, it will be recalled to your advantage,
like warmth upon frost it will melt away your sins.
Those who neglect their father are like blasphemers;
those who provoke their mother are accursed by their Creator.”
~ Sirach 3:12-16
Why aren’t these pinwheels spinning merrily in the wind?
We know the wind passes this way. It always has.
But now the strong wind of past seems to have eluded us, choosing perhaps a different corridor to travel.
Should we remove these pinwheels lest they become a symbol of despair and ridicule?
Or should we wait with patience that they will spin to life once again?
If the former, our memories will forever be etched with disappointment.
If the latter, at least even a gentle breeze to turn just one pinwheel by the smallest of degree brings hope of windy days.
Jesus was a child with a most special need.
He needed a mother, full of grace.
Gazing upon Mary and living with her, he, who is Grace itself can see and learn his true nature, reflected from another person.
In this, He is truly like us in every way except sin, for children start to learn about themselves by imitating their parents.
“And the angel being come in, said unto her:
Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.
And the angel said to her:
Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.
Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.
And of his kingdom there shall be no end.”
~ Luke 1:26-33
An education that leads to the betterment of one’s lot in life but without thought and service to the poor and marginalised in society is misguided, irresponsible and an abject failure.
About the photo: This image of King’s College, Cambridge University is decidedly two-dimensional, lacking the perception of depth due to a photographic shift tilt effect.
“Work is man’s original vocation. It is a blessing from God, and those who consider it a punishment are sadly mistaken.”
~ St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, no. 482
Be brave and dive into the unknown, safe in the knowledge that God is present even in the uttermost parts of the earth.
“As long as the understanding finds no trouble or difficulty and is at ease, that is a sign that one’s Faith has not gone far enough.”
Strive to be a builder of bridges, not barriers!
You are the trip I did not take,
You are the pearls I could not buy,
You are my blue Italian lake,
You are my piece of foreign sky.”
~ Anne Campbell
Because the journey in faith and through life cannot be done alone.
“Of the clean animals and the unclean, of the birds, and of everything that crawls on the ground,
two by two, male and female came to Noah into the ark, just as God had commanded him.”
Genesis 7: 8-9
Learning from the plants.
Turn your face to the light from above,
Embrace your role in the ecosystem,
Be oxygen for others.