Thursday, December 13, 2012

keep on living anyway


"Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do."
--The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

I looked up in the Basilica, and I saw the Advent wreath suspended from the ceiling  But what surprised me was that the Advent wreath was turning around and around, revolving slowly in a perpetual circle. It struck me that this is rather common. Even when things appear to be unchanging, are actually slowly moving in one direction or the other.

 Courage is, like many of the virtues, simply a grace-filled acceptance of Reality. Courage manifests itself best in the tired college student, worn down with grief, who wakes up for his 8am Greek class. Courage is most apparent in the mother with five children who takes her sickly mother-in-law into her home. Courage shines through the best in the young woman whose heart keeps being broken and whose trust is constantly misplaced, but who decides to keep on loving, despite the pain. Courage is embracing the reality of the world--that there is constant motion, constant change--but that despite the passing of all things, there is solid ground on which to stand. Courage is taking a stand in that reality of self-giving love, and weathering whatever hurricanes rage around and inside oneself.

Take all my vicious words//And turn them into something good.

Courage is trusting that if we keep on moving, keep on living and keep on giving, then, despite the imperfection of our sacrifice, despite our failure to always move or live or give as we fully should, something good will come from what we offer.

Courage is, as C.S. Lewis says, "Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point." Courage is that leap of love that takes us through the sticking point, that propels us through the crossroads, and gives us the momentum to continue our journey. Courage is the virtue for those with a journey to make. Courage takes us through the key changes and transitions and cross roads of life. Courage is the strength and the love to do what we have to do, even when we feel like we might going to be sick.

And in that spirit: time for my last final.

  “At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. and what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.” 
 ― Lemony Snicket



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