Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Seek the Higher Things

Tulip Altissima

This tulip, named Altissima (which translates highest), was sent by a fall bulb company as a thank you for an order I'd placed. A little note was included attesting to the tulip's height and that it should be featured prominently in the garden. Altissima seems to be happy and healthy enough to reappear for the third year now. 

But of course, bearing the lovely name, the highest, we might think of Saint Paul's verses in First Corinthians chapter 12:21; 13: 1-8.

You should set your hearts on the best spiritual gifts but I will show you a way which surpasses them all...If I speak with the eloquence of men and of angels, but have no love, I become no more than blaring brass or crashing cymbal. If I have the gift of foretelling the future and hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but the very secrets of God, and if I also have that absolute faith which can move mountains, but have not love, I amount to nothing at all. If I dispose of all that I possess, yes, even if I give my own body to be burned, but have no love, I achieve precisely nothing. 
This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience - it looks for a way of being constructive. It is not possessive: it is neither anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance.
Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage. It is not touchy. It does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it shares the joy of those who live by the truth.
Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. Love never fails. 

The verses above were taken from the J.B. Phillips translation of the New Testament.  


  1. Then love is everything. To love is to exist. Without love we are nothing.

  2. Love does not pursue selfish advantage and is not touchy. Words that should be taken seriously. For when one person acts poorly towards another, then love can be lost. We fall from that emotional high point.

  3. One of my most favorite biblical passages! It has seen me through many days. To follow this is a discipline. And it isn't easy. I truly feel we are here to be a light in one another's lives. To me, that means unconditional love, sometimes in spite of all of it. It's the only thing that makes sense..., love. Love like He did and does. What a challenge! What an aspiration!

  4. Good thoughts to keep in mind when you feel like the earth beneath your feet has grown shaky. When the walls are tumbling down, hold on to those that you love and who love you. In the end that could be all you have left.

  5. You always speak of the importance of love. That it is the focus of Christ's teachings to us. I would imagine that to have such a grasp of this, you must experience love in your own life. Many blessings to you Father for all that you do and all that you share.

  6. And I thank YOU for following the posts.

  7. We are not called to be people of violence and or hate. I think there is something inherently attractive about peace loving people. Figures like Mahatma Gandhi and the Dali Lama and Pope Francis and Mother Teresa, our heroic martyrs and saint are peaceful and loving figures to be admired. Begin your day in praise of God and always include those who you may consider difficult in your life. Take the pain of rejection or misunderstanding and nail it to the cross of Christ, rather than nailing it back to your "enemy." Such things go a long way towards making us people of peace.