Saturday, July 17, 2010

On the shortness of life

Today would have been my dad's 80th birthday. He died when he was 57. So much has changed since then in so many ways. It is amazing how people live on, isn't it? It is hard for the human mind to wrap itself around the fact that life indeed does go on after we depart from this world.

It makes me think, too, about what is really important. What did Jesus really come to teach? Partisanship? Judgmentalism? Power grabbing?

Or, radical love for EVERYONE?

Life is short. Put away your swords. Get out the love.


newguy40 said...

Well put.

I would also add cultivation of gratitude for the many extraordinary graces Our Lord has given us. I thank God for each and every day of the gift of just one more day with my wife and children. And, another opportunity at an on going conversion.

Life is too short for pettiness and small hearts. I will remember you and your father in my prayers.

Dymphna said...

Thanks, newguy!

TACParent said...

Amen to this. You know I understand about the "shortness of life." Something else that's missing today that we touched on during my Qigong workshop is gratitude for our ancenstors and a resposibility for our children (all children).

Dymphna said...

Excellent point. Gratitude for our ancestors and responsibility for our children. I like that.

Barbara said...

Having lost both parents this past year, I must say that your post hits home. I am grateful for the Faith my parents gave me. Pondering the transitoriness of life is a good way to keep things in perspective.

Dymphna said...

Oh, I'm so sorry, Barbara! Faith is indeed a precious gift.

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