“do not act like the spider, who represents the proud, but imitate the bee, who is the symbol of the humble soul. the spider spins its’ web where everyone can see it, and never in secret. it spins in orchards, going from tree to tree, in houses, on windows, on floors-in short, before the eyes of all. in this it resembles the vain and hypocritical who do everything to be seen and admired by others. their works are in fact only spiders’ webs, fit to be cast into the fires of hell. but the bees are wiser and more prudent, for they prepare their honey in the hive where no one can see them. besides that, they build their work in secret. this represents very well the humble soul…………”
“our words must be set aflame not by shouts and unrestrained gestures, but by inward affection. they must issue from our heart rather than our mouth. we must speak well, but heart speaks to heart, and the tongue speaks only to people’s ears.”
geesh, that being said, i feel like my whole blogging career should come to a screeching halt! i can’t promise to blog without a bit of silliness, craftiness and even some nonsense here and there, but i would love to speak to your heart. and since i often think about the time i spend on the internet and how each moment i spend here is a moment spent away from my children, my husband, my God or tending to my home and garden and how it is the same for you. therefore when you visit this place, it should edify your life in some way, otherwise i am wasting not only my time, but yours too. and perhaps nothing puts wasted time into perspective like the words “man you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
st. francis says that those words are as if the Church is telling us “oh man, quit at this moment all joys and merrymaking, all joyful and pleasant reflections and fill your memory with bitter and sorrowful thoughts. in this way you will make your mind fast together with your body.”
so, in an effort to join what goes on here with the command of Holy Mother Church to fast “in whatever ways we have offended God: in frivolity, listening to vain talk, filling your mind with worldly images, speaking idle words and savoring the things of this world. never fasting with vanity, but always through humility, depriving yourselves at this time of ordinary conversations with friends and withdraw to great solitude and places removed from communication with people” my goal, at least for these 40 days, is to spend more time reflecting and praying. i am not saying that i won’t be posting at all and i certainly don’t want to make anyone who chooses to post feel bad in any way. i am simply sharing my thoughts, as most of us are in this together and truthfully, i need to be a lot more like the bumblebee and less like the spider……
ps. scrap-bag exchange friends, can we put this on hold until lent is over? i think it would be best. thanks.