Posted by: Peadar Ban | May 7, 2012

Today, May 7, 2012

Another day lifted from The Christian Book Corner‘s FB page..and gently edited:

The day is painting still.

Dawn, In Another Time, A Place Far Away

Dawn With Mariellen, Connemara, Ireland

Here the gilded tree tops are the first thing greeting us  this morning, as if they were a fine piece of needlework on morning’s blue mantle edged with dazzling crimson. Frost and Hopkins would have had something to say on a morning like this. Well, in fact they did.

Robins scatter about on the lawn listening for crawling worms, grabbing bits of grass for their nests. Jays pipe formation back and forth from sturdy oaks and sentinel pines. The neighbor’s maple outside holds companies of titmice, sparrows chattering the news and quieter nuthatches preparing for the day. And on the sleepy weeping cherry just in front Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal wait for one of us to fill the angel feeder that hangs just outside our window.

Sometimes one wishes there would be only this and this would be more than enough for any life.
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Once not long ago we visited the Mother House of the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, an order of Sisters founded by Margaret Macauley to help poor young Irish girls learn some skills to keep them from the hell of a poorhouse or worse hells. Her name came first to mind, but there are others, Saint Angela de Merici who founded the Urslines, Saint Jean Baptiste de La Salle who founded the Brothers of the Christian Schools, our own Saint Katharine Drexel.

We imagine the list is as long as your arm stretching all the way back to the woman who bathed our Lord’s feet with perfume.

Or, perhaps, even Christ Himself?

Saint of the Day
St. Agostino Roscelli (1818-1902)
Augustino learned to pray as a shepherd. He became a priest, and
worked as the chaplain for an orphanage and a prison for those condemened to death. He also started a school to train poor young women who were in danger of starvation or taking up prostitution.

Reflections from the Saints
Whenever some act of wondrous power must be performed, St. Michael is sent, so that his action and his name may make it clear that no one can do what God does by his superior power.
– Pope St. Gregory the Great

Scripture Verse of the Day
Matthew 5:14-16
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Life in Christ: Catechism #2239
It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom. The love and service of one’s country follow from the duty of gratitude and belong to the order of charity. Submission to legitimate authorities and service of the common good require citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community.

One Minute Meditations
The Will
What sort of Christian perfection do you expect to achieve, if you are only following your whims and doing “what you like”? All your defects, unless you fight against them, will produce bad works as a natural consequence. And your will, untempered by a persevering fight, will be of no use to you when a difficult occasion arises.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #776
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Into the Great Silence of the sleeping world come the first soft note of day:

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