Posted by: Peadar Ban | May 4, 2012

Today, May 4, 2012

Something lifted from the Christian Book Corner’s FB page, and only slightly improved…err amended…:

Good morning! April is a-come to stay, it seems, and that is just fine with us. Another day of quiet rain and contemplative stillness is more than welcome. The very slightest breeze stirs just the tips of the branches now fully leafed. All is muted as if the world itself was at prayer. One might call it a Gregorian moment.

Apologies for the missing day yesterday. One person wrote us to say they missed reading our report on life up here where not even as much happens as does in that little town in Minnesota. But, yesterday, we were about our Father’s business, early. We went to the little Church in Hudson to help a family bury their mother. Barbara’s going was not easy we learned. She had much pain in her last days. But, she was ever cheerful. Our little bit was to sing her away to heaven, where we all hope to be some day. Is that not true?  The going and the getting there is something else, though, something else.
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The Saint for today is Saint John Houghton, the first martyr during the English Reformation, that unfortunate episode. Ponder his question, spoken as he horribly died. Ponder, too, what might be the answer of someone who gives birth to such as an Act of Supremacy. Is it something you may have done?

Sometimes it seems so, doesn’t it?

Saint of the Day
St. John Houghton (1487-1535)
John was the first person to oppose King Henry VIII’s Act of
Supremacy. He was imprisoned in the Tower, hanged, and disemboweled while still alive. He was the first person martyred under the Tudor persecutions.

Reflections from the Saints
And what wilt thou do with my heart, O Christ?
– St. John Houghton, while being gutted

Scripture Verse of the Day
Job 1:21
And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Life in Christ: Catechism #2236
The exercise of authority is meant to give outward expression to a just hierarchy of values in order to facilitate the exercise of freedom and responsibility by all. Those in authority should practice distributive justice wisely, taking account of the needs and contribution of each, with a view to harmony and peace. They should take care that the regulations and measures they adopt are not a source of temptation by setting personal interest against that of the community.

One Minute Meditations
Prayer
Here is an effective custom for achieving presence of God: your first appointment every day should be with Jesus Christ.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #450
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What kind of music might a Gregorian Day call for? Something, we think, of an answer to our many acts of supremacy. This?

or this?

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