Still valid after all these years

Today’s rather timely (in America) prompt word toggled a whole new line of “Stay Calm” t-shirts in my head..

Stay Calm and Be a Stable Genius
Stay Calm and Ignore the Environment
Stay Calm and Blow Up a Nation Right Back
Stay Calm and Make America the Gum on the Bottom of the World’s Shoe

Of course, one could only market them to the GOP and its groupies. I have allergies.

So, just for a rational change of pace, I re-examined some whom I’ve found both stable and geniuses, or, for the sake of the prompt, brilliant.

Who’s first? Jesus? Yes — He’s middle and last, too.

There’s also the miracle-begging (Gentile) Canaanite Mama who said, “Oh, Lord, yes — but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their Master’s table.”

Lincoln, Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi…

Jesuits, Mother Teresa, Pio, John Paul II, Peter Maurin…

Seraphic Father Francis, who for 40 days and nights in a remote stoney tangle, fasted — but for the one requested loaf with his one bite taken out of it, lest anyone (including himself!) equate him with the One he emulated for love.

And poor too-much-like-me Peter, seemingly simple but innately brilliant in the ways that matter most to God. “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

O, to have seen his eyes at that moment.. and later, when the Master added, “Fear not, for I have overcome the world.”


Stay Calm and Pray.