Friday, June 16, 2006

Looking up to the Stars

“Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the sailor who has set out deep on the waters, you choose the stars as your guides, and in following them, you may reach your destiny, find your way home.” -Carl Schulz, USA Senator from Wisconsin

We are all on a journey. And sometimes it can be a rough one. It’s so easy to get tossed around by the waves of life that we can find ourselves completely lost. We need stars, fixed points in the sky that aren’t subject to the movement of the waters, by which we can navigate our ships and make our way home.

For Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi, the life of Christ and his Blessed Mother were their stars, their ideals. No matter how high the waves may get, no matter how crazy or difficult life may become, like the saints, we too can look up to these stars to rise above it all, to feel their constancy, to enjoy their beauty as they shine brightly against the dark sky, and to make our way home.


At 1:33 AM, Blogger Andrew said...

Very nice father! Welcome to the world of blogging! It is a very convenient way to keep others informed of your thoughts!

At 3:04 PM, Blogger Chiara said...

Yay! Beautiful post! Welcome to the Franciscan blogosphere....please check out my blog, "Canticle of Chiara," if you get time. Also, contact Minor Friar at "A Minor Friar" so that he can add your blog to the OFFICIAL Franciscan Blogroll!

Pax et Bonum,

Chiara :-)

At 9:08 AM, Blogger forget me not said...

I used to live 20 miles from Assisi. I left my heart there, although I fortunately still live in Italy and I go to Assisi at least once a year.
Assisi, its atmosphere, its elegant simplicity, and most of all its ideals are my star.

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Honora said...

How sweet to find more and more wondrously Christ-loving 'blogs, perhaps especially those that are Franciscan-flavored.


At 4:02 PM, Anonymous brother lesser said...

Thank you for your wonderful insight. It will give me something to think about in my quiet time this evening.

God bless you!

At 12:54 AM, Blogger LadyLuthien said...

What you said in this post really affected me in a deep way. Definitely part of today's graced moment. It really is a beautiful post and helped me out a lot.


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