(Darkness into light)
Little wonder belief is
So rare, so few, sacrifice
Do not understand
Nor do I
Souls Day, is
Our feast day
The human condition,
A canticle for rising sun
Seeing all things
Doris sends Milosz.
Just in time.
And it occurs to me the reversal of 'is' in Spanish is 'si', 'yes.'
Read together, they say 'I am' or 'to be' ... 'yes.'
Affirmation, therefore, is the essence of Being.
And prayer, the springboard/bridge we walk.
Earth turns. Light arises. Night fades. It is morning. Outlines of tree branches. November. All saints.
What is holiness?
According to Dr. Ambrosio, the secular saint is a person who lives the question of meaning fully while at the same time they are committed to searching for meaning along both the paths of hero and saint. It is common for the secular saint to work toward mastering their vision. In the case of Simone Weil, she not only lived but also died her life in search of meaning. She died of tuberculosis that was aggravated by lack of food. This lack of food was self imposed as she was avoiding food in an effort to show solidarity with her countrymen in Nazi occupied France. This act alone provides us with insight into what makes Simone Weil and how she defines the secular saint. As someone who is trying to live a life that is meaningful at least to themselves, to die by this meaning would be to fulfill the meaning in its entirety. Simone Weil, in her spiritual zeal, felt it was necessary to show solidarity with her countrymen as a way of finding meaning for herself. She had lived her short life in such a way that this death comes as little surprise. She had tried to identify with others through the course of her life, in other ways as well. She had taken a year off from teaching to live as a factory worker, a way to better understand the challenges of such a life. Through these examples from the life of Simone Weil, we can see how she did toe the line between the path of the saint and the path of the hero. Through her spirituality and love of humanity as a whole, she exemplified the life of the saint while her commitment to living her life out in such a way as to find herself at death’s door while in the midst of living out the meaning of her life, she exemplified the life of the hero.
(—from blog, something more, by GEM2011)
Victor Frankl captures descriptions of the secular saint in his Man’s Search For Meaning.
Saints aren’t owned by churches, religions, or nominating committees. They are everywhere asking the questions:
What is this?
Who am I?
What can I do for you?
The exercise of such inquiry, the fumbling steps toward anodyne* action to relieve suffering, the willingness to practice healing and presence when meaningless absurdity permeates existence — these are signs of a holiness that is in itself unseen trust and unnamed compassion, the mystical signets stamping whatever is touched with what is holy, hopeful, and good.
Simone Weil believed that while people may not be able to alleviate all suffering, no harm should be done either. People should attempt, in Weil’s opinion, to alleviate any suffering they can, at any cost but if this cannot be done, one must at least live their life in a way that sees to it that all avoidable harm is, in fact, avoided. In these stances in their lives, there is an overwhelming sense of the justice they were each seeking while an obvious love of humanity is also evident. For Weil, it is in her sense of justice where we can see the life of the Greek citizen hero has been of particular influence on her; the way that she focuses her vision on all, not just some. (—from blog, something more, by GEM2011, Nov.14, 2013)
The question ‘Who am I?’ is not different nor separate from the corollary question ‘Who are you?’ This second expression of inquiry doesn’t get answered without the first expression being investigated.
What we do is forever done.
It is the season of considering what holiness is. Inquiry, meaning, and presence are known associates of holiness.
Hang with them if you wish to enter the season of justice and obvious love of humanity.
Live out the meaning of (your) life.
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* anodyne (adj.).
"having power to relieve pain," 1540s, from Medieval Latin anodynus "pain-removing, allaying pain," from Latin anodynus "painless," from Greek anodynos "free from pain," from an- "without" (see an- (1)) + odyne "pain, torment" (of the body or mind), a word of uncertain origin, evidently Indo-European, but none of the proposed etymologies satisfies Beekes. Some suggest it is a suffixed form of PIE root *ed- "to eat" (compare Lithuanian ėdžioti "to devour, bite," ėdžiotis "to suffer pain").
As a noun, "substance which alleviates pain," 1540s; in old slang, frequently a euphemism for "death" (as the final relief from the mental pain or distress of life) as in anodyne necklace "hangman's noose." Related: Anodynous