Monday, May 21, 2007

Perseverance



"Most Holy Land, I commend thee to the care of the Almighty; and may He grant me long life enough to return hither and deliver thee from the yoke of the infidels!"
King Richard the Lionhearted

Perseverance

"If you say the Rosary faithfully until death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins 'you shall receive a never-fading crown of glory.' Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practise black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and will save your soul, if-- and mark well what I say-- if you say the Holy Rosary devoutly every day until death."


This is a famous saying by St. Louis Marie De Montfort when he wrote “The Secret of the Rosary.” You might ask what this has to do with perseverance, but this has a lot to do with Perseverance. In other words, the Rosary can be an answer to almost everything. If we can strive to say the Rosary for help in life, if what we ask for is in accordance with God, we are showing that we want God’s grace to persevere in life and live with him in eternal happiness in heaven.

Perseverance is always needed at every time in life. Whether your struggling to finish some difficult homework or you're trying to prove what you believe in is right. No matter when or where, perseverance is always needed. That is why praying is so important because we have to pray for perseverance to begin with, if we can’t strive to pray for perseverance then we won’t be able to persevere in life. Another perfect example of perseverance is a famous quote by Charles Spurgeon, he once said, ”By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” In other words, Charles Spurgeon is saying that one of the slowest animals in the world was able to save its life from the flood, and if that’s the case we should be able to accomplish our goals through perseverance. If you have never thought of this, think about it. It makes perfect sense. If a snail can achieve a difficult task then so can we. So ask yourself do you always try to persevere in every moment of your life? If you have, be proud of yourself. And if you haven't, pray to do better. Think of ways to perfect perseverance, and ways to perfect your life.

Written by Andrew Alexander
Seventh Grade
Immaculate Heart of Mary School

2 comments:

Edward said...

SEVENTH grade?!
SEVENTH?!
Nice, Andrew!

Wow.
I don't even remember what I was doing in seventh grade.
But I know what I wasn't doing: writing as well as you!
Thanks for the VERY GOOD advice as well, my young scholastic.
I shall think on this; and, as you have so nicely advised, I shall pray on this as well.

Jamie Carin and Claudio Romano said...

Dear Andrew and Mary,

Very wise words for a young man! Definitely some very sage advice that I needed to hear.

God Bless
Jamie