Be the turtle: patience x 3

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I’m guessing this is a mama box turtle, or maybe a snapper, out near the hermitage. She’s looking to lay a few eggs in the unusually warm late Winter weather. She’s taking her time, wanting to get the placement of the eggs in the ground just right. I’m told the eggs can last two years, waiting for just the right conditions. Turtledom survives, slow but sure, getting it right.

I got a bit of practice with all this while doing the thesis on Genesis 2:4a–3:24, four years of slogging through every letter of every word with brutal historical philology, right back into the cuneiform, correcting revered technical dictionaries, certain that I was doing the right thing but not seeing where any of it was going until the end: patience, patience, patience. I think it goes along with Pope Francis’ humility, humility, humility and Father John Neuhaus’ fidelity, fidelity, fidelity.

These are just some basic foundational aspects of our lives. Just to say: just because I got a bit of practice with some of this doesn’t mean that I’m any good at it. It just means I’m starting to see the supporting scaffolding and thought I’d use a turtle to write about it. Saint Teresa of Avila says that it’s good to make analogies of the spiritual life with the things we see in our daily lives. Yes. I like that. I like it a lot. Nature is very cool altogether. Do you see analogies with stuff in your daily life?

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2 responses to “Be the turtle: patience x 3

  1. nancyv

    Box turtle.
    Me too, starting to see the supporting scaffolding. Just yesterday I was complaining (I thought I was praying) to God to deliver me from my misery, when God “told” me to pray instead that I not make those around me miserable. Ha.

  2. elizdelphi

    It’s not nature, but a friend of mine is in jail and is in a lot of distress. It has been making me think of jail as an analogy for this whole life. Heaven is freedom. There is a lot of spiritual wisdom in accepting the realities of “jail”, the privations, the helplessness and confinement. No one can stop you from living virtue, having faith, hope and charity. And that looks toward heaven our true home.

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