Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. – Saint Augustine
I can’t help but ponder how many Saints we have and how much they have played a part in my life. Their works, and how so many of their ways carry great influence. It is imposable for me to pick just one and pinpoint in particular, THAT is the one because Jesus Christ is the One. Which one I can say was the first “Branch” I grabbed on to, without a doubt, Saint Augustine of Hippo.
The works and words of the Saints I would have to compare to branches hanging low enough to be used for leverage, help off the “Jungle” floor. On the jungle floor, the food is picked over and rotting unless you can catch it as it is falling. It will sustain you for a time, but its never enough. You have to forage in the trees. Not to mention, there are a lot of predators on the floor. You have to jump up onto one branch. But if you stay on that one, you never move to where you need to be. You just swing back and forth and eventually run out of food. What I have seen, is all the branches have much to offer. The goal is to keep climbing, eating, drinking what they have to offer, until you reach the “Vine” where all the fruit and branches are visible. Where the “Light” is bright enough to sustain the branches that produce the fruit. Where the supply is abundant.
The second you let go of the “Branches” becoming “Spooked” by the wind, you will fall back to the floor of the jungle.
If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself. Saint Augustine