Peace be with you!

My name is Nader Ata. I am a Conventual Franciscan Friar of the Our Lady of Angels Province, USA. I am a transitional deacon preparing for Priesthood Ordination in the fall.

Seeking to live with Franciscan Joy each and every day!

*All of photos on this blog were taken by me unless noted otherwise. Please ask permission before using them. Thank You!*

*Also I am not the greatest speller or writer in the world, so please let me know if something is misspelled. Thank you!"


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Additions to the Room

Today I added some new wall art. I added a laminated poster of the San Damiano Crucifix which is the crucifix that spoke to Francis over 800 years ago. Right next to that image is a painting by Ms. Katherine Vadney (age 2) - Dianne and Greg Vadney's first child. From what Dianne told me Katherine wanted to paint Friar Nader a image, so when I received it I said I would hang it on my bedroom wall when I got back to San Antonio. Well I did! Here those two artworks below.
The third addition to my room is of a sign that I found in a whole in the wall shop when my family was in Ocean City, NJ for a beach getaway weekend. My parents were interested in me buying something and when I saw this quote I fell in love with it. The picture is below and here is the quote if you can't read it: Peace. it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. Unknown (author).I decided to GoodSearch the quote to see if I could find more information about the quote. It turns out that the quote is taken from a longer story. Here is the background story of the quote from a site on peace entitled Meaning of Peace:
Once there was a king who offered a prize to the artist who could paint the best representation of peace. Many artists tried, and the king looked closely at all their pictures. But there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace. The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.

But when the king looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest - in perfect peace. Which picture do you think won the prize? The king chose the second picture. Why?

“Because,” explained the king, “peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be calm in midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.”


Anonymous said...

Any new posts coming?

Friar Nader Ata, OFM Conv. said...

Yes there will be new post coming! I am sorry for not posting anything in such a long time!

Lori Rogers said...

Thank you for searching deeper for the context of that quote, now I know the rest of the story. I too love that quote and it hangs above my desk.

Dianne said...

Hello Nader! Katherine just saw her artwork published on the web for the first time - that was sweet of you to hang it up ;) Also, I LOVE the peace quote, but the story is showing up in icons not text on my computer - anyone having the same problem? Miss you - it was fun to see you this summer in Syracuse and again at the Crab Feast!