Posted by: Peadar Ban | April 26, 2012

Today, April 26, 2012

A little something lifted from The Christian Book Corner’s Facebook page.  There’s a lot more there.

Sometimes at night before you sleep, do you wonder what God might be doing with the world?  Do you, after you have “settled in” and remembered on the odd occasion to offer a word of thanks, to wonder about it all, and hope for better things tomorrow, or pray for better days to come?  Do you then rest peacefully, sure God will then do His work? Or…?

A friend of ours lies sick, now, and the family waits and worries.  Parents and grandparents, spouse and siblings, friends and neighbors stand and pray.  Only the children, only the young ones unchanged by this new circumstance scamper and play, smile and sit on laps, wave at passing cars, passing birds, the passing breeze.

Did they last night lay down like you may have and sigh?  Or, simply sleep and wake to say,”This is the day that the Lord has made.”

Saint Paschasius and Saint Anthony Mary Claret must have had some of that sense in them that was in Julian, that “all manner of thing will be well.”  God does know you, and does love you.  Do you think one thing could go wrong?

All the same, it is only right…and just?…to give thanks always and everywhere and to pray for those who haven’t seen what you have, or to beg for the grace of deeper sight and the freedom to wave at the passing breeze no matter.

The Blood Of Grace

I often see them walking by
Strutting’s more the proper word.
Arrogance, ignorance held high.
By death surrounded like a shroud.

Sneering demons dance and sneak
Along with them. Malevolent
Blackened things slither in their wake;
Foulness eager for their breath.

And saddened to my heart I pray,
Beg God they who walk with death
Disappearing on a darkening way
Embrace Light before last breath

It had been me who once had been
Like them unseeing, unfree
Unless, until, some poor soul plead
The Blood of Grace to wash them clean

Saint of the Day

St. Paschasius (786-860)
Paschasius was a Benedictine abbot, but resigned to devote himself to study. His most important work, “The Body and Blood of Christ,” started the first controversy on the Eucharist; it cleared the way for a precise understanding of Transubstantiation.

Reflections from the Saints

When I am before the Blessed Sacrament I feel such a lively faith that I can’t describe it. Christ in the Eucharist is almost tangible to me…When it is time for me to leave, I have to tear myself away from His sacred presence.

– St. Anthony Mary Claret

Scripture Verse of the Day

Acts 2:38

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Life in Christ: Catechism #2228

Parents’ respect and affection are expressed by the care and attention they devote to bringing up their young children and providing for their physical and spiritual needs. As the children grow up, the same respect and devotion lead parents to educate them in the right use of their reason and freedom.

One Minute Meditations

The Means
‘This is the carpenter’s son, surely? This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary?’

This, which was said of Jesus, may very well be said of you, in a tone half of astonishment, half of mockery, when you really decide to carry out God’s will, to be an instrument: ‘But, isn’t this “So-and-so”…?’

Say nothing. And let your works confirm your mission.

– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #491
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Responses

  1. A LOVELY POEM IN TERMS OF SENTIMENT; DELICATE IN AESTHETIC TERMS. THE EXPERIENCE AT ITS CENTER IS ONE I’VE BEEN HAVING MORE AND MORE AS I GROW OLDER. AMERICA’S CULTURE TODAY IS DRIVEN BY THE PRAISE OF FOLLY–A CULTURE OF THE HEEDLESS YOUNG. I DON’T BLAME THEM FOR BEING POSSESSED BY THE ARROGANCE OF IGNORANCE; IT IS ALL ROUND THEM AND REINFORCED BY THE PRAISE OF CYNICAL ELDERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN POPULAR MEDIA, FOR WHOM HUMILITY GOES A’BEGGING AND OBNOXIOUS PRIDE IS TRUMPETED. PRAY SO THE YOUNG WILL LEARN HOW SUPERFICIAL IS THEIR PRIDE, HOW TERRIBLY SHALLOW ITS REWARDS.

    • Thank you, Dr. Mullan.


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