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St. Bernardino of Siena

Sunday, March 17, 2013

In the early fifteenth century St. Bernardino of Siena voiced what was already an old adage on old age: "You strove to reach it, you desired to achieve it, you were afraid you'd not reach it, and now, arriving, you complain. Everyone wishes to reach old age, but nobody wishes to be old."

I find a lot of the saints intriguing; so many of them would be treated as nut cases today. Not St. Bernardino, of course, but so many of the others. What an interesting bunch of characters!!!

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CAPECODLIGHT 3/23/2013 7:25AM

    I love this and will pass it on to others "of a certain age". Thanks!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/22/2013 7:48PM

    This saint sounds very down to earth. The saints are really interesting although I don't know much about them.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    My MIL's best friend talks about the saints. They are rather fascinating. I'm always all ears when she talks about them. She was very pleased that the new pope chose Frances for his name due to the saint association.

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LIBBYL1 3/19/2013 1:34AM

  my mother always says - no one told me it is no fun getting old, everything aches

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SARAWALKS 3/18/2013 11:24PM

    I'd rather be a nut case than a fruit loop!
Now that makes no sense at all, but it sounded fun to me...
the individuality of the saints has always given me great hope! emoticon

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HEALTHYCALM 3/18/2013 6:59PM

    I am fascinated by all the saints myself! I've been learning a lot from the half tongue-in-cheek and half-super-educational LentMadness competition of the saints. I will have to go look and see if St. Bernardino is on their list! emoticon

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KENWANNE2013 3/18/2013 5:06PM

    :-) I've quite liked getting older. My childhood was quite difficult, but life just got better and better as time went on. Ageing brings a different kind of 'liberation' which I think is quite energising. (I'm working on growing old disgracefully). emoticon

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SPARKCHANTAL 3/18/2013 5:09AM

    siena is beautiful. secondary colors-- orange, green, purple, in contrast to the more masculine, primary colors of Florence.

where did I hear this, I think it was 'the agony and the extasy' (biographical novel about Michelangelo), maybe? but it's true. simone martini is a case in point.

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ILOVEMALI 3/18/2013 12:29AM

    I want to be a cool old woman!

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CARRAND 3/17/2013 9:51PM

    I want to get old like my Dad did. He died recently at the age of 99. He enjoyed all of his life. He was cheerful and grateful until the moment he died, peacefully, in his sleep.

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MONETRUBY 3/17/2013 8:34PM

    What a wise man.

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NORWOODGIRL 3/17/2013 8:02PM

    "Love this!" says the not old old-ager emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 3/17/2013 6:12PM

    ...and of course "old" is always 15 years older than you are.

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/17/2013 5:59PM

    I hope we will all age gracefully. emoticon

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THOMS1 3/17/2013 2:48PM

    Oh, how very true. emoticon

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EMMACORY 3/17/2013 2:18PM

We can always be young at heart! I have known folks who were young in their number of years but "old" and others who were old in years yet very "young". I hope to fall in the latter group! emoticon

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