A caterpillar in a rainstorm inspires a saint

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While living in the Tigray region of Ethiopia I learned the story of how a young clerical apprentice having difficulty understanding God’s message has an epiphany in rainstorm watching a caterpillar.

A young Tigrayan born in 6th century Aksum was sent to study to become clergy by his parents but was struggling. One day he was caught in a rainstorm and found shelter under a tree. He noticed that a caterpillar was falling off branches of the tree while trying to climb in order to eat the leaves. He realized that the caterpillar did not give up. If the rain knocked him off the tree he just climbed up again. The young Tigrayan became aware that in God’s creation we are given challenges but that with Christ we can overcome. God gives his living creations what they need to survive. For mankind he also gave his word to guide us. Yared became a venerated saint not only in Ethiopian Orthodox tradition but also recognized in the Western church. His observance of bird’s singing inspired him to come up with a ten note music writing system. He composed many works still in use today.

Much of the world’s population lives a “lower standard of living” compared with Western democracies. Yet in my travels to Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa I have often that many people considered poor by Western terms lead what they deem a more then satisfactory lives. They put their faith, family, and community before personal wealth or power as Jesus has taught us.

Professor Tony Magana https://myfindinggrace.com

Dr. Tony Magana is Professor Emeritus in Neurosurgery who spent many years doing international teaching and research including 10 years in Ethiopia. Over the past 15 years he concomitantly intensified his Christian faith through study and worship through the Episcopal Church. He grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Attended Texas A&M University, Harvard Medical School, and trained at the University of Miami. Additionally he took the University of South Education for Ministry as well as attending the Southeast Florida Episcopal Diocesan School for Christian Studies.
Professor Tony Magana, a seasoned neurosurgeon, has not only dedicated his life to medical practice but also embarked on a profound spiritual journey. Over the past 15 years, he has deepened his Christian faith through study and worship within the Episcopal Church. His experiences span international teaching, research, and a decade of service in Ethiopia
Dr. Tony Magana’s writings blend faith, compassion, and wisdom, inviting readers to explore the intersection of spirituality and the human experience. His journey serves as an inspiration for those seeking deeper connections with faith and humanity.

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