As if all depends on it – with the Saints

Pray as though everything depends on God. Work as though everything depends on you.” St Augustine

Some believe in God and prayers, some don’t. We do not have to quarrel about this. For those who believe in prayers, do as St Augustine admonished above, for those who do not, do as admonished by the second part of St Augustine’s statement, work!

Some say leaders are to blame, while others say citizens are as culpable as leaders in the current global disorder, which ever side you fall on, you must definitely agree that we have found ourselves in a chaotic situation either by what we did or failed to do. Some of us want to make changes. Some want to pray to change things, some want to work to do this, some want to do both. Some have been attacked for praying too much instead of doing, usually this attack comes anytime “the praying ones” attribute anything to the grace of God, and not necessarily because the accusers (the non-praying ones) have adjudged that they aren’t really working; indeed in many instances, those praying are actually doing more than the accusers who despise them for praying only. Contrary to the stereotype about those who pray, praying as a matter of fact, sometimes indicates that one has grasped the enormity of the disorder, and their relative insignificance in the big scheme of things, that they have to rely on One who is bigger. Reflecting on a problem, and grasping its full import, is already a step in the right direction! So again, I will say each one, no matter their belief, should look carefully at St Augustine’s statement and do that which applies to them.

Portrait of Saint Thomas More. Declared patron saint of politicians and statesmen by Pope John Paul II in 2000. Source: Wikipedia

In Benjamin Jowett’s translation of The Republic by Plato, he included this food for thought by More in the “Introduction and Analysis” section:

In the public services ‘no prayers be used, but such as every man may boldly pronounce without giving offence to any sect.’ He says significantly, ‘There be that give worship to a man that was once of excellent virtue or of famous glory, not only as God, but also the chiefest and highest God. But the most and the wisest part, rejecting all these, believe that there is a certain godly power unknown, far above the capacity and reach of man’s wit, dispersed throughout all the world, not in bigness, but in virtue and power. Him they call the Father of all. To Him alone they “attribute the beginnings, the increasings, the proceedings, the changes, and the ends of all things. Neither give they any divine honours to any other than Him.”

Excerpt From
The Republic

“If you have anything to do, get on, get cracking, and do it. Procrastination and delay kill slowly, steadily, and surely. Invariably, there is no better time than now.” Excerpt from: Olusegun Obasanjo. My Watch.

We all have something to do, to make the world a better place, either by praying and working or just working! But whatever it is let’s all GET CRACKING!!! Just as we have been implored by the Nigerian Philosopher! Let us begin by stopping COVID-19 for now. See link to related article:

Get Cracking! With The Watchman

I went down yesterday to the Piraeus with Glaucon the son of Ariston, that I might offer up my prayers to the goddess” Socrates

Excerpt From
The Republic

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