understanding what is true

“A soul which does not practise the exercise of prayer is very like a paralyzed body which,
though possessing feet and hands, makes no use of them.”

St. Alphonsus Liguori


(a group of female Tiger Swallowtails and one lone  skipper/ Julie Cook / 2018)

Flee from the crowd and dwell with truthfulness;
Suffice thee with thy goods, tho’ they be small:
To hoard brings hate, to climb brings giddiness;
The crowd has envy, and success blinds all;
Desire no more than to thy lot may fall;
Work well thyself to counsel others clear,
And Truth shall make thee free, there is no fear!
Torment thee not all crooked to redress,
Nor put thy trust in fortune’s turning ball;
Great peace is found in little busy-ness,
And war but kicks against a sharpened awl;
Strive not, thou earthen pot, to break the wall;
Subdue thyself, and others thee shall hear;
And Truth shall make thee free, there is no fear!
What God doth send, receive in gladsomeness;
To wrestle for this world foretells a fall.
Here is no home, here is but wilderness:
Forth, pilgrim, forth; up, beast, and leave thy stall!
Know thy country, look up, thank God for all:
Hold the high way, thy soul the pioneer,
And Truth shall make thee free, there is no fear!
Therefore, poor beast, forsake thy wretchedness;
No longer let the vain world be thy stall.
His mercy seek who in his mightiness
Made thee of naught, but not to be a thrall.
Pray freely for thyself and pray for all
Who long for larger life and heavenly cheer;
And Truth shall make thee free, there is no fear!

Geoffery Chaucer
‘Ballade de bon conseyl” (To Sir Philip de la Vache)

17 comments on “understanding what is true

  1. Love the quote and the poem. Thanks for the inspiration this morning.

    Blessings, peace and grace.

  2. Gorgeous photo, Julie!! And Chaucer, too? What food for the soul! 💜💜

  3. atimetoshare.me says:

    Love the Chaucer poetry. Thanks for starting my weekend inspired,

  4. oneta hayes says:

    “No longer let the vain world be thy stall.” We hang on to and work to achieve “stuff” when Heaven awaits! Thanks for Chaucer today.

  5. Elihu says:

    Great reminder!

    I’ve been thinking of setting up a little war-room corner for prayer…

  6. Salvageable says:

    Beautiful photograph. Over several summers we brought caterpillars in from the herb garden, fed them, and watched them become butterflies; then we released them. They were all black swallowtails. J.

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