Posted by: Peadar Ban | April 21, 2012

Today, April 21, 2012

It is Saturday, April 21.  Rain, well drizzle anyway, was forecast yesterday for today in New Hampshire.  That forecast has been revised and now the rain is not to come until tomorrow. We had moved the chairs inside from the deck so that they would not get soaked, and have just moved them back outside, though it is too cool for breakfast right now.  This has been the craziest two months.  Pray for rain.

We saw a Robin in the birdbath yesterday evening, just sitting there, as contented as he could be.  It looked as if someone should walk out and offer him a cup of tea.  At about that time, as we both looked on quietly, he glanced in our direction and rose to the branch of our little Japanese maple so sorely damaged in last October’s freak snow storm, shook himself in a dignified manner and flew off. Our hope is that he returns, and is not angry with us for the lack of tea and a decent towel.

This morning the Blue Jays are having a parliament in the trees.  Some great argument, some momentous debate, is taking place above and all around us.  Or, it could simply be that a cat is walking by below and the jays are voicing their scorn of cats. Of course Blue Jays behave like this always.

There is sad news.  The Yankees won yesterday at Fenway.  Some consider this an ominous omen of the course of things over the next century for baseball in Beantown.  But, despite the Yankees, the sun rose.

Here is abit of music to welcome such an event.

Saint of the Day

St. Anselm (1033-1109)
Anselm was an Archbishop of Canterbury. A proponent of ecclesiastical rights and the independence of the Church, he was exiled twice. He was one of the greatest philosophers and theologians of the middle ages, and is a Doctor of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints

No one will have any other desire in heaven than what God wills; and the desire of one will be the desire of all; and the desire of all and of each one will also be the desire of God.

– St. Anselm

Scripture Verse of the Day

Ephesians 2:1-3

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience– among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

Life in Christ: Catechism #2223

Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery – the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the “material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones.” Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them.

One Minute Meditations

The Will of God
Jesus, whatever you ‘want’, I love!

– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #773
It is interesting to see the correspondence between St. Anselm and St. Josemaria in their remarks about the Will of God, isn’t it?  But, then, the Truth is always the truth; even thousands of years apart the ones who know it speak it.

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