On this St. Andrew’s Day (Scotland), and the last day of November, National (U.S.) Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National (U.S.) Family Caregivers Month, I pray for a divine intervention for the millions of 24/7 unpaid family dementia-caregivers-in-the-now, especially those experiencing duress and despair, that they may experience:
- a freedom and peace in their role…
- because they have experienced and implemented ongoing required respite,
- because they have experienced and implemented ongoing support from family, friends and community,
- and, because they’ve experienced a spiritual awakening.
In honor of National(U.S.) Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregiver’s Month, I want you to know I’ve submitted to the journal, “Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction,” an article draft written with my blood, sweat, and tears, a year-in-progress as of this Monday-after-Thanksgiving (U.S.). The article is written for an audience of spiritual directors, to help them better understand the experience of dementia caregivers, who may be coming to them in a moment of crisis.
Many caregivers have given me the courage to speak the Truth I’ve lived myself, and that I’ve heard directly from the trenches. It’s been difficult retelling my trauma, but in the telling, I’ve experienced a healing, a re-integration of pieces previously torn apart.
I will share more about this article being published when I know more.
Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
According to legend, in 832 AD, Óengus II led an army of Picts and Scots into battle against the Angles, led by Æthelstan, near modern-day Athelstaneford, East Lothian. The legend states that he was heavily outnumbered and hence whilst engaged in prayer on the eve of battle, Óengus vowed that if granted victory he would appoint Saint Andrew as the Patron Saint of Scotland. On the morning of battle white clouds forming an X shape in the sky were said to have appeared. Óengus and his combined force, emboldened by this apparent divine intervention, took to the field and despite being inferior in numbers were victorious. Having interpreted the cloud phenomenon as representing the crux decussata upon which Saint Andrew was crucified, Óengus honoured his pre-battle pledge and duly appointed Saint Andrew as the Patron Saint of Scotland. The white saltire set against a celestial blue background is said to have been adopted as the design of the flag of Scotland on the basis of this legend. However, there is evidence that Andrew was venerated in Scotland before this.