Animals have a sensitivity that is quite remarkable. I know someone who is blind who has a guide dog. The dog is not only obedient to its master and disciplined to knowing what it should do but is sensitive and even anticipating the needs of its master. It is known that a dog’s acute sense of smell is sensitive to human emotion, anxiety and depression and has the ability to detect ailments and disease. Horses too can read human facial expressions. They possess a gift that can distinguish human mood.
St. Columba his blessings and the white horse. ( part 2 of2)
The white horse which had pulled the wagon for the saint to bless the Island of Iona came to Columba and laid its head on the saint’s chest. It began to whinny and cry. It seemed to know that the saint was ill. One of the monks wanted to take the horse away but St Columba refused: “Let him alone, for he loves me. Let him pour out his tears of grief. You are a man with a rational soul….but this dumb creature, possessing no reason* has been told by the Creator Himself that I am about to leave him.”
Matthew 6:28: “So why do you worry about clothing?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow they neither toil nor spin.”
God’s creation is too beautiful for the worldly-wise,
It takes the simple, humble mind to stand in awe with open eyes.
The abundance of God’s goodness needs an inner sight and trained,
To wonder at His Universe requires that we have gained;
A sense of veneration for his order and his splendour.
We require a loss of pride and a willingness to surrender,
To gain discernment in our search for beauty and exercise of choice.
We need to listen carefully at that inner, still, small voice
That prompts us to select the best,
And with the angels and the saints attest,
The omnipotence of God in His creation,
The crowning of a Holy Nation,
Dedicated to participation
In His world.
We are indeed the stewards of this earth
Called to cherish and conserve that which is of worth.
Illuminate our sight, dear Lord, so that we may grow in grace
Mirrored for a season until we see You face to face.
Working in our clay-bound bodies, a consequence of sin
Resting rarely to consider lilies that neither toil nor spin.
The earth is far too beautiful for the worldly-wise
It takes a simple, humble heart for the soul to rise
Upwards to the heavens, inspired by love
For His world.
Amma Theodora said, ‘Let us strive to enter by the narrow gate, Just as the trees, if they have not stood before the winter’s storms cannot bear fruit, so it is with us; this present age is a storm and it is only through many trials and temptations that we can obtain an inheritance in the kingdom of heaven.’
The same Amma said that a teacher ought to be a stranger to the desire for domination, vain-glory, and pride; one should not be able to fool him by flattery, nor blind him by gifts, nor conquer him by the stomach, nor dominate him by anger; but he should be patient, gentle and humble as far as possible; he must be tested and without partisanship, full of concern, and a lover of souls
*The word for horse in Greek is άλογο which means non-speaking or without logic or reason.