Sage Advice, Just in Thyme

I can’t speak for you, but Audre spoke for me yesterday when she commented that after informing myself, I’m ready to do something different. Politics is always one of those things where we would prefer to avert our eyes from the sausage making. And it becomes even worse when one of our parties seems to obviously and ostentatiously promote their policies, including infanticide on the public dime, ahead of citizens’ lives. There is a reason why many of us refer to the Democratic Party as the Party of Death. We do because it is.

Still, the world is such that if we the people don’t keep the watch, they’ll win, and so we do, trying not to vomit along the way. But it leaves a sickness in us. And that needs cleansing. Audre has part of the answer, and I too can be found on YouTube or increasingly on Amazon TV watching old British history shows, and the occasional movie. Which is why I’m sometimes slow on comments.

I like Scoop’s coauthor’s take on Charlie’s Blog quite a lot.

But I think Melissa Zellniker-Presser covered it excellently in The Smallest Mile yesterday wearing her seven league boots.

Jesus said, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.” John 5:8

One of the greatest saints of all time was St. Therese of Lisieux. Known for her “little way,” St. Therese taught faith in a very practical, real and tangible way, inspiring us to simply “do small things with great love.” These small acts, when done with the greatest love, produce an abundance of fruit, not just for the people we serve, but for the whole world. 

St. Therese carried out this teaching and outlined it while living in a cloister away from the world. She was not a theology major or a priest. She was not a world leader. She was simply a soul who chose to love, and show us how to love in a very specific and concrete way. God chose her to carry out His very specific mission for her, and her writings and teachings have been left behind for us so that we may too learn to carry out the little way.

There are many times when we feel paralyzed in life, unable to move or speak because we are overcome with stress, grief and worry. In this way, we are like the man suffering from illness in John Chapter 5 who had been ill for thirty-eight years. Jesus does not simply encourage the man and provide him inspiration, He gives him direction, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.” And this is what Jesus is telling us today, right now.

We all are given our own ways to love, and not all of us are meant to shout from the housetops or be politicians. Some, perhaps many of us are meant to be like St Therese and be that still small voice that echoes in the mind, reminding others that the Lord is both watching and caring for his people.

The whole situation also reminds me of something Jessica wrote, long ago, in fact, the very first time she appeared in a post here.

Our Lady speaks to King Alfred at the lowest moment of his fortunes:

I tell you naught for your comfort,
Yea, naught for your desire,
Save that the sky grows darker yet
And the sea rises higher

The lines are repeated in a different context toward the end as Alfred gathers the Saxons for what will prove the last and successful battle

“And this is the word of Mary,
The word of the world’s desire
`No more of comfort shall ye get,
Save that the sky grows darker yet
And the sea rises higher.’ 

Now it proves the flint against which the iron of resolve is sharpened, and the Saxons rally and they win, even though all had seemed lost. Alfred was not the most charismatic or dramatic of leaders, but he won, and this is why:

And this was the might of Alfred,
At the ending of the way;
That of such smiters, wise or wild,
He was least distant from the child,
Piling the stones all day.

Alfred has faith and he had patience, and he had resilience; he lacked the capacity to despair. In short, he possessed all the Christian virtues. He listened to Our Lady and he understood her advice, and so, at the height of the battle:

The King looked up, and what he saw
Was a great light like death,
For Our Lady stood on the standards rent,
As lonely and as innocent
As when between white walls she went
And the lilies of Nazareth.

And so, through many a sorrow and woe, the steadfast faith of Alfred proved victorious where the charismatic personalities of men with less character failed.

Here there is a lesson for us all – if we will read it.

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5 Responses to Sage Advice, Just in Thyme

  1. Melissa Zelniker-Presser says:

    Hoping all hear His call to sacrificial love in whatever ways He asks them

    Liked by 2 people

  2. audremyers says:

    Simply beautiful, Neo. Thank you.


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