Posted by: Peadar Ban | May 12, 2012

Today, May 12, 2012

The daily post from The Christian Book Corner makes a point about allowing ourselves to become so entangled with what seems important that we forget what really is important:

Our apologies for the last two days. Life distracted us from this slight pleasure.

We listened to Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” yesterday, one of us at least feeling the necessity of the music’s comfort while filled with feelings of deep regret over the many sadnesses possessing our country, culture and crumbling society. We were thinking that they cover us like a pall under which we caper and dance to our own compositions in the gray light, believing not only bright and colorful, but most beautiful and useful.
Despite the beauty of this Saturday morning we still find ourselves more concerned with this pall of darkness spreading ever more quickly, and wondering why or how it is so many celebrate its coming.
In the words of the Chorus from Handel’s Messiah we find what may best describe it:
All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned every one to his own way. And the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)

Saint of the Day
St. Epiphanus (315-403)
A Jewish convert to Christianity, Epiphanus was a monk and priest before becoming a bishop. A brilliant speaker, he fought the heresies of his day along together with his friend St. Jerome. His writings influenced the Nicene Creed. He is a Doctor of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints
Where there is no room for my poor, neither is there room for me.
– Bl. Candida Maria de Jesus

Scripture Verse of the Day
Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Life in Christ: Catechism #2244
Every institution is inspired, at least implicitly, by a vision of man and his destiny, from which it derives the point of reference for its judgment, its hierarchy of values, its line of conduct. Most societies have formed their institutions in the recognition of a certain preeminence of man over things. Only the divinely revealed religion has clearly recognized man’s origin and destiny in God, the Creator and Redeemer. The Church invites political authorities to measure their judgments and decisions against this inspired truth about God and man.
One Minute Meditations

The Apostle
It shows a bad disposition if you listen to God’s word with a critical spirit.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #945
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The section from the Catechism above has a chilling sense about it, we think. Especially the first sentence is worth some serious thinking about in light of recent past events. One may legitimately wonder has there been a “shifting of the poles” here…or, if we have been mistaken all along about where we were “pasturing” ourselves.

Lest we be guilty of the one unforgivable sin we do remember that “dearest freshness” and the enlivening hope that we have always with us. So there will be this to think of throughout the day. Not much more needs remembering, and the pall is lifted:

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  1. HUMAN PRIDE [OR SELF-PRIDE] MUST INEVITABLY LEAD TO DESPAIR. 21ST CENTURY AMERICA IS FRAUGHT WITH REASONS TO GIVE UP AND WALK AWAY, FUMING AND FRUSTRATED. I TALKED WITH A WISE OLD PRIEST IN MY PARISH A WHILE BACK, AND I CAN’T FORGET HIS RESPONSE:”WE CAN’T SOLVE THE WORLD’S PROBLEMS. THEY ARE TOO BIG FOR US. GOD HAS ROOTED US IN ONE PLACE AND ONE TIME. THE BEST WE CAN DO IS DO GOOD WHERE AND WHEN WE CAN, ASK FOR HIS HELP IN OUR ENDEAVORS, AND PRAY FOR HIS MERCY ON THE HUMAN RACE. THERE IS STILL DEEP DOWN BEAUTY IN NATURE AND BRIGHT SHOOTS OF EVER-LASTINGNESS IN THE HEARTS AND SOULS OF SOME MEN AND WOMEN. CREATE A “GARDEN” OF THOSE SHOOTS IF YOU WANT TO PLEASE THE ALMIGHTY. IN THE LAST ANALYSIS ALL WE CAN DO IS TEND THE GARDEN WE HAVE CREATED IN OUR HERE AND NOW AND HOPE IT WILL GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSES.[FR. BERNARD DOLAN [RIP] JFM

    • I know. That’s what I have been doing for the past half dozen hours…tending my garden, and waiting for the knock on the door from the guys in the dark suits and dark cars.


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