Friday, October 15, 2010

St. Aurelia (? to 1027)

         "I want to be alone."      (Greta Garbo in Grand Hotel, 1932)

    No one ever seems to be happy with their living situation. I know a guy who hasn't been in a relationship in several years and whenever I see him he says he'd love to have a girlfriend to share his life and make a home with. Yet, a friend who has been married for 26 years, recently confided that she would love to live by herself. Come to find out, she suspects her husband is having an affair with a much younger co-worker.
  We all have days that we want to be alone. But, if you're the person who asked someone to move in with you, and they share the expenses, you should probably keep your mouth shut instead of saying "I wish I could go away on a vacation alone and get some quiet time."
  In other words, being in a relationship is a little give and a little take. Nothing about it will ever be perfect. So, if you're fantasizing about the woman or man who's 25 years younger, they're probably not easy to get along with either.
  Personally, I don't take people for granted. Maybe it's because I've experienced the deaths of so many close relatives. So, I know how short life is. Instead of complaining about the relationship you're in, get out it if you're not happy.
  St. Aurelia, a princess, was one tough woman. She didn't want to get married so took the easy way out. She became a hermitess and lived in a Benedictine Abbey in Salzburg, Austria for more than 50 years.
  The only person that knew she existed was St. Wolfgang, Bishop of Ratisbon. Today, living like a hermit wouldn't be practical. Still, it's nice to think that's a possibility.
  St. Aurelia's life in seclusion came to an end with her death in 1027. Her feast day is today.

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