Who Am I (8)? Strong

Courage in pain or adversity, that’s fortitude. While life is full of suffering and many things I can’t control, I always have the choice about how I am going to respond.

Beatitudes, North Porch

My Prayer:

Thank You for the gift of courage, dear God. May I continue to become stronger and more able to endure the challenges of life with grace.

Fortitude, one of the Beatitudes, North Porch by Jill K H Geoffrion
A lion, the symbol of Fortitude

Scriptural Touchstone: 

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! Psalm 27:14

I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!” John 16:33  (NRSV)

Invitation To Pray:

Read one of the synonyms for fortitude. Breathe it in. Hold your breath and hold it in your heart. Exhale with gratitude. Do this with each synonym listed below. Feel yourself become stronger.

Fortitude, one of the Beatitudes, North Porch by Jill K H Geoffrion

Synonyms: courage, bravery, strength of mind, strength of character, moral strength,toughness of spirit, firmness of purpose, strong-mindedness, fearlessness, intrepidity, stout-heartedness,steadfastness,long-suffering, resoluteness, determination.



Virtues and Vices, North Porch Chartres by Jill K H Geoffrion
Women depicting the virtues and vices are shown on the outer row

Fortitudo (1194-1230), the seventh statue representing the Heavenly Beatitudes of Anselm (eleventh century) from the bottom of the outer arch of the east bay of the north porch at Chartres Cathedral. Force is the statue to the left of the top of the arch.

Beatitudes, North Porch, top of arch by Jill K H Geoffrion

Other posts in this series that seeks to explore the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: Who are God? And who am I?

Who Am I? (The Virtues and the Vices: 1)
Who Am I? (2) Beautiful
Who Am I? (3) Free!
Who Am I? (4) Honorable
Who Am I? (5) Joyful in the Deepest Sense of the Word
Who Am I? (6) Sensual
Who Am I? (7) Agile

Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving as a contemplative Christian minister and artist by compassionately and creatively inspiring others to seek a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful life of service.


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