My blog has been going for a little over a year, and I’ve decided to try out a blogging schedule. You’ve inspired me, my lovely fellow bloggers. It may get too much for me, but I won’t know until I give it a go! So, here is the schedule:
Mondays will be #healingwordsmon – poems, quotes, short story, comment;
Thursdays will be #healingwordsthu – acts of Kindness, articles of interest etc.
So let’s get started with today’s #healingwordsmon – All things Irish….!!😀💃
“I am Patrick, yes, a sinner and indeed untaught;
yet I am established here in Ireland where I profess myself bishop.
I am certain in my heart that ‘’all that I am’ I have received from God.
So I live among barbarous tribes, a stranger and exile for the love of God,”
Ireland, like many other countries around the world, has its own patron saint – St Patrick. This week welcomes the feast day of Saint Patrick (March 17th). But who was he?
Well, I’ve done a little research online and discovered that he was born of a Romanized family in Britain around the 4th/5thC AD (timings vary from sources). As a youth he was reportedly kidnapped and spent 6 years tending sheep in slavery in Ireland! During his enslavement, believing that God was testing his faith, he converted to Christianity. He eventually escaped and returned to Britain and then Europe where he trained as a priest.
After becoming a Christian missionary and bishop, he returned to Ireland to convert the “barbarous tribes” to Christianity. Legend says that he used Irish traditional pagan forms of worship to introduce and explain Christian theology, including the use of the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. From the 17thC onwards, his feast day was recognized in the Christian calendar. He is globally recognized as the Patron Saint of Ireland and is celebrated each year on March 17th (sources: Britannica.com and biography.com)
Indeed. Why I am telling you about a Saint from the 4th/5th C AD? Well, his story inspired me, and it got me thinking that we all need to be inspired. We all have people whose lives are such a shining example of how to be good and kind that we can’t help but want to be like them, to be with them, to be them. These could be saints, gurus, or people in our family or community. The spiritual qualities they display, such as determination, resilience, patience, understanding, grace etc, act as magnets drawing like-minded souls to them. St Patrick must have had quite a tough time of it in Ireland. He is often quoted as saying that he would continue despite the derision he faced. What kept him going? His unbending faith. How many of us would put ourselves out there like that, knowing that we likely faced scorn, ridicule, anger, perhaps even violence?
******* TODAY: Think about something you avoid doing or saying because you fear ridicule. Perhaps today you can find the courage to act. *******
Staying with the Irish theme, I’ve chosen an Irish poet to highlight in this week’s post: WB Yeats. A Dubliner, he lived from 1865 to 1939. Here is an extract from his poem, The Choice:
“The intellect of man is forced to choose
Perfection of the life, or of the work,
And if it take the second must refuse
A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.”
-from “The Choice” by WB Yeats.
These lines seem to point to a dichotomy between success in the material world and the spiritual world. Yet, there have been saints who have come to earth to show that it is possible to lead a spiritually advanced life while also carrying out daily duties (indeed this is desirable). One of these was Lahiri Mahasaya.
We always have a choice. Every second, every minute, every time we have a thought. We can turn that thought into word, amplifying its power (so let’s make sure it’s positive and loving). We can turn words into actions, amplifying them still further. Let’s make good choices every time. Let’s be inspired by those ‘saints’ in our lives and try to adopt some of their good habits. Much much love, Anita.🙋♀️🎈