I’ve just returned from a series of hunting trip and have had some amazing adventures. Along the way, I’ve learned a couple lessons, and would love to share them. It’s easy to get distracted with unimportant things of life, but staying on track requires intentionality.
In this episode I get you 5 steps to stay on track while you hunt for meaning. Meaning is far more important to find than happiness and will last far longer also.
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S02E47 Hunting For Meaning
5 Rules to help keep us on track.
Saint Hubertus was born (probably in Toulouse) about the year 656. Hubert married Floribanne, who died giving birth to their son. Hubert retreated from the court, withdrew into the forested Ardennes, and gave himself up entirely to hunting. However, a great spiritual revolution was imminent. On Good Friday morning, when the faithful were crowding the churches, Hubert sallied forth to the chase. As he was pursuing a magnificent stag or hart, the animal turned and, as the pious legend narrates, he was astounded at perceiving a crucifix standing between its antlers, while he heard a voice saying: “Hubert, unless thou turnest to the Lord, and leadest an holy life, thou shalt quickly go down into hell”. Hubert dismounted, prostrated himself and said, “Lord, what wouldst Thou have me do?” He received the answer, “Go and seek Lambert, and he will instruct you.”
During Hubert’s religious vision, the Hirsch (German: deer) is said to have lectured Hubertus into holding animals in higher regard and having compassion for them as God’s creatures with a value in their own right. For example, the hunter ought to only shoot when a humane, clean and quick kill is assured. He ought shoot only old stags past their prime breeding years and to relinquish a much anticipated shot on a trophy to instead euthanize a sick or injured animal that might appear on the scene. Further, one ought never shoot a female with young in tow to assure the young deer have a mother to guide them to food during the winter. Such is the legacy of Hubert who still today is taught and held in high regard in the extensive and rigorous German and Austrian hunter education courses.
Be that as it may, Hubert set out immediately for Maastricht, for there Lambert was bishop. Saint Lambert received Hubert kindly, and became his spiritual director. Hubert now renounced all his very considerable honors, and gave up his birthright to the Aquitaine to his younger brother, Odo, whom he made guardian of his infant son, Floribert. Having distributed all his personal wealth among the poor, he studied for the priesthood, was soon ordained, and shortly afterwards became one of St. Lambert’s chief associates in the administration of his diocese. By the advice of St. Lambert, Hubert made a pilgrimage to Rome in 708, but during his absence, Lambert was assassinated by the followers of Pepin. According to the hagiographies of Hubert, this act was simultaneously revealed to the pope in a vision, together with an injunction to appoint Hubert bishop of Maastricht.
He distributed his episcopal revenues among the poor, was diligent in fasting and prayer, and became famous for his eloquence in the pulpit.
Hubertus died peacefully in a place called Fura, located 30 miles from Liège, 30 May 727 or 728.
Saint Hubert was widely venerated in the Middle Ages and partly because of his noble birth several military orders were named after him: the Bavarian, the Bohemian and that of the Archbishop-Elector of Cologne.
Saint Hubert of Liège is patron of archers; dogs; forest workers; trappers; hunting; huntsmen; mathematicians; metal workers; and smelters.
Great St. Hubert, bless all who gather here in this natural setting, whose aim is to follow in your footsteps to be skilled and ethical hunters.
Grant us confidence, perseverance, patience and the accuracy to increase our proficiency in the fields, forests, swamps and marshes.
Implant in our hearts a love for the great social activity and harvest of nature’s bounty. In our souls instill the passion to share these precious traditions in the spirit of camaraderie. Help us remember to honor the death of the wild animal that died so we may live.
But above all St Hubert, we ask your help in always holding a deep sense of respect and reverence for the game we pursue. Bestow within us a spirit of generosity and humility that we may enjoy bountiful hunting. And that we pass these cherished and sacred rites to future generations, forever, Amen.
Hunting for Meaning – 5 Steps to stay on track
- Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient.
- Let go easily of that which you have been given.
- Never compromise ethics and values.
- Enjoy the journey, not the destination.
- A good friend is worth than we think.
genesis 10:8-9 Cush became the father of Nimrod; he was the first on earth to become a mighty warrior. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the Lord.”
1 Chronicles 1:10: Cush became the father of Nimrod; he was the first to be a mighty one on the earth.