Our virtue this week is STAMINA – The strength to do something for a long time. STAMINA is one of the hardest things to build. It takes so much time and sacrifice but once you have it, it is a priceless tool that every great organization needs to excel. STAMINA is not just for sports. We need STAMINA to be great parents, great employees, great citizens.
Lord, You showed heroic STAMINA as You carried Your cross, falling down three times but always getting up. Carrying a huge and heavy cross after You had been beaten and starved. Thank You for suffering so much for us, Lord. Please give us the strength to follow Your example.
Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?
Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee
A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one would pop up.
Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire, and soon the pots came to boil. In the first pot she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.
Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”
“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied. Her grandmother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The grandmother then asked the granddaughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the grandmother asked the granddaughter to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma then asked,
“What does it mean, Grandma?”
Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
“Which are you?” she asked her granddaughter.
What does this story have to do with STAMINA – The strength to do something for a long time.
With everything happening in the world right now, how can the virtue of STAMINA help us?
Let’s see how much STAMINA we have built up by doing that thing we really don’t like doing extra hard today.
Tell me about the hardest part of this school year for you.
Tell me about what motivated you to keep going with STAMINA.
What would you tell one of your classmates or teammates who was feeling like giving up?
Lord, thank You for helping us through this school year. Your example of STAMINA and sacrificial love for us inspires us to lead a good Christian life. Give us the strength to show more STAMINA in everything we do. In Your name we pray. Amen.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Finish something that you started … finish reading a book you started, finish a project you said you were going to get done but never did … Finish with STAMINA.
“It was actually drumming that gave me the stamina to get into sports later. I started playing drums at 13, and when I got to the international touring level… I got interested in cross-country skiing, long-distance swimming, bicycling… things that require stamina, not finesse.”- Neil Peart
“Chess as a sport requires a lot of mental stamina, and this is what that makes it different from a physical sport. Chess players have a unique ability of taking in a lot of information and remembering relevant bits. So, memory and mental stamina are the key attributes.” – Viswanathan Anand
“The sky is not my limit…I am.” – T.F. Hodge
“A man on a thousand mile walk has to forget his goal and say to himself every morning, ‘Today I’m going to cover twenty-five miles and then rest up and sleep.” – Leo Tolstoy
“Scars are not signs of weakness, they are signs of survival and endurance.” – Rodney A. Winters
“All through my life, I have been tested. My will has been tested, my courage has been tested, my strength has been tested. Now my patience and endurance are being tested.”
– Muhammad Ali
“Struggle begets strength.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
Isaiah 40: 30-31
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
St. Martin de Porres
Martin de Porres Velázquez, O.P. (December 9, 1579 – November 3, 1639), was a Peruvian lay brother of the Dominican Order. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and all those seeking racial harmony.
He was noted for his work on behalf of the poor, establishing an orphanage and a children’s hospital. He maintained an austere lifestyle, which included fasting and abstaining from meat.