She was a young warrior maiden, one of the most beautiful of a Native American tribe. She was full of energy, ready to conquer the enemy.

Upon leaving to go to war she asked for a blessing from the old Indian chief.

She told the beloved chief that she would conquer the enemy with the medical field of learning. He was very sad as she left.

Many years later she came stumbling back, exhausted and broken and beaten. She needed to retreat before going back to the fight.

Again she left to conquer the enemy with education. The old chief blessed her and let her go to conquer the enemy. Again, many years later she returned as a beaten warrior and failure. By this time she was in her middle years and getting older. The old Indian chief was again saddened when he saw her coming returning home.

Her battle was not over. She just needed to rest and soon she was eager to return to the battle, this time as a lawyer. She would win the war or die trying to conquer the enemy. A third time the Indian chief blessed her and off she went.

As an old woman, a beaten warrior she returned home a third and final time. The old Indian chief was weeping as she threw her arms around him asking why he was so very sad. He finally told her that she had spent her whole life fighting and hadn’t yet discovered the enemy.

Maybe Coved-19 isn’t the enemy but the catalyst or call to help the human species to go deeper within themselves. To discover the real enemy in silence, solitude, and stillness.

“God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

…just pondering

Sister Mary Joan Grisez