Spring: The Season of Courage

Spring: The Season of Courage
Victoria Battell

Spring seems to finally be upon us. After some beautiful days at the end of March we were hit with snow and a cold snap! Some of the flower buds which had courageously begun to spring forth were caught by the return of frost. But the fear of the cold will not stop spring coming with its beauty and promise. Spring is a courageous season.

In our lives, we can often feel afraid to spring forth after a difficult trial or when new opportunities come our way—what if I get hurt again? What if I can’t trust this person? What if I don’t do well at College or in my job? What if it doesn’t work out? What if it isn’t like I thought it would be? The fear of failure can keep us locked in a perpetual winter and prevent new life from forming in our lives.  Spring teaches us that good will always come if we act with patience and courage, to take opportunities when they present themselves. As C. S. Lewis put it in one of his letters:

“Think of yourself just as a seed patiently waiting in the earth: waiting to come up to a flower in the Gardener’s good time…We are here in the land of dreams. But cock-crow is coming.”

Spring comes every year to remind us that hope always follows a time of difficulty or a time when nothing seems to be happening or going right. Sometimes that hope is as tiny as a seed waiting in the cold soil of winter; sometimes it is a small bud ready to flower when the sun calls. However you are feeling as winter says goodbye, remember to look forward towards the sun so the shadows fall behind you.

Take the coming of spring as a chance to reaffirm what you hope for, to look to the future, to plan something new for your life, and to have the courage to move forward!


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    Remember how Susan Boyle sings, “Who I was born to be..”? That becoming calls on every ounce of courage we have. Thanks for the encouragement! Donna

    Submitted by Donn on

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    Sister Victoria Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. As you well know from our talks I can certainly use the hope of reaching the end of the tough times I’ve been going through lately. Your words have given me something to look forward to.

    Submitted by Danielle Williams on

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    I can relate to much of this message as it applied to all of my ups and downs this past week. Im going to courageously move forward putting aside my fears and take my chances. My little seed of hope far out ways the monster who believed that I should quit. Faith, that’s what I have.

    Submitted by Tracy Jeune Ciufo on

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    Catherine, thank you so much for this beautiful blog. So inspiring and comforting. I take it that a blog is a kind of diary. Will you write in it regularly? Will I always be able to receive it via my email? Anyway, lovely to hear from you. Happy Spring-time and God bless from Francis x

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    Sister Victoria, your message of hope is so wonderful and so important! Thomas Hardy wrote his poem “The Darkling Thrush” about a small bird, a thrush, throwing his hopeful song out on a cold winter scene with the same hope you write about: At once a voice arose among / The bleak twigs overhead/ In a full-hearted evensong/ Of joy illimited;/ An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,/ In blast-beruffled plume,/ Had chosen thus to fling his soul/ Upon the growing gloom. Peace.

    Submitted by Anne Devlin on

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    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and wisdom, especially as many are still experiencing the darkness of winter, you’ve helped reawaken our hope. A reminder that we are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song. Keep these wonderful snippets of wonderfulness coming please! Thank you! Your friend in the North. X

    Submitted by Anne Marie Lavelle on

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    Love the metaphor of Spring and taking courage. When I go to my car each morning, I pass by several bushes as I walk. I noticed how green they were, with new leaves springing from their tips, despite the ups and downs of the weather these past couple of weeks. I will remember to thank them for their courage when I pass by now!

    Submitted by Gail Waring RSM on

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