Monday, July 20, 2009

Humility..........July 20


"To win,
one must become humble,
lest he loses his soul -
the greatest gift God gives to our humanity.

To lose,
one must be sincerely happy for the winner
and thus learn the great virtue of humility,
which actually is the greatest of accomplishments for our humanity!"



Fr. Leo Patalinghug (grace before meals.com)

16 comments:

Anne said...

Thanks Micki for this great lesson in humility and the beautiful holy card. Your site is awesome!

BillyD said...

What does "Ad sextam" mean?

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful card and the quote is powerful!
Thankyou, Micki.

Diane S.

diddleymaz said...

On so many levels this card is outstanding, the symbolism of the cross, Christ in glory, the sepent under foot, the sheep ggrazing water flowing, so much to meditate on and those profound words.Lost in wonder awe and praise...
Thank you Micki, its great art too.

Anonymous said...

That is a good question, BillyD.

"Ad Sextam" [at/to the sixth] is almost surely an abbreviation for "Ad Horam Sextam," which means, "At the Sixth Hour."

This could be a reference to either of two things:

(1) In keeping with the image on the card, it could refer to the crucifixion of Jesus, which began "at the sixth hour" of the day (which was the old way of speaking of noon).

(2) It could refer to "Sext," the old name of the sixth liturgical hour of the Divine Office, intended to be prayed near noon by all ordained men (and by many religious and other laity). In current books of the Liturgy of the Hours, the old hour of "Sext" is now called "Midday Prayer."

I have read that old breviaries sometimes contained a directive such as "[Pray the following] ad Sextam." Maybe this holy card was intended to be inserted into a breviary at the Sext pages. It's a bit of a mystery.

John

Kathy said...

Thanks Micki for always providing Holy images for us. I have an urgent prayer request for my brother Patrick who is in ICU with kidney failure. We are praying that the antibiotics kick in, if not he will be on dialysis. He is 47 and needs many prayers for conversion.

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

aspiring... said...

A magnificent and stunning holy image, Micki; I'm rarely speechless - as you well know but you like me anyway :) - but I am: truly speechless under the influence of this one and the meaning it has for me. You've been anticipating our love of this holy card I must imagine...

And a wonderful quote and comments and information to accompany the image, too... It 'feels' like we're celebrating together.

To Kathy. Count me in, as the saying goes :) - in prayer for your brother. I SO love my brothers, too, as I see you do. +

Anonymous said...

I don't know what to say for today's comment that hasn't already been said by previous persons. Each one put it so eloquently. A very deep image and words to reflect upon each day. I want Kathy to know that I will remember her brother and family in my prayers as well. May Jesus, the Divine Physician touch your brothers heart and body and bring healing to every fibre of his being. Remember the power of prayer. I prayed for the conversion of my dear Mother of happy memory, to the Holy Catholic Faith for 35 years and by they Grace of God; 2 years before my dear Mothers demise she asked me to call my Parish Priest and to be admitted to the Church. Truthfully I didn't think this would happen, but I continued to persevere and Trust as much as I could. I need help in that area. My point here is to never give up, prayers is our way of speaking to Jesus who loves us so. He is the Good Shepherd seeking after the lost so that they may be found! John K.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful holy card and very meaningful quote. Thanks for sharing with us daily. JMJ~Lisa S.

Micki said...

EVERYONE - Thank you as always for taking the time to share a thought or ask a question. Believe me when I say that these comments keep my "inspiration" fired up. Thank you one and all.

Anonymous said...

As usual your posted card and thought are the very thing I need at the moment.

Micki said...

Anonymous - That's why I'm here. May the Lord lead you to comfort via the many many bloggers who help in so many ways.

Kathy - I'm praying for your brother also.

cheryl said...

It's neat seeing a rendition of Christ crushing the serpent. We need more of these.

Micki said...

Cheryl - Thank you for that fact. I never even considered that it is usually Mary crushing the head of Satan. I'm glad you commented. Now I can say that I'm "inspired" by the picture myself. Thank you.

Fr. Dismas said...

I love this image! The simplicity and balance is striking. Thank you for posting this and so many!

Micki said...

Fr. Dismas - Thank you and welcome to a first time commenter here. I'm glad you took the time to let me know of your appreciation for this particular card. (A favorite of mine too.)
PS.....I am happy to meet a modern St. Dismas namesake. What a story he is huh?