Posted by: Peadar Ban | May 14, 2012

Today, May 14, 2012

Something slightly different today lifted from The Christian Book Corner’s FB page:

Not too long ago one of us mentioned that the other was “pugnacious” from time to time. And, that could be true.

Then one reads things like those below about Saint Mathias and wonders what could he have said that had gotten him the loss of his head. Or, one reads the words of the childlike and mild Saint Therese, or reads these from Jesus, Himself: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”  Certainly an Apostle, the Little Flower; certainly they were not pugnacious, not combative.

But, don’t they stand alongside the words today from the Catechism on the Church’s mission; he an Apostle and she the “littlest” Doctor (read teacher) of the Church?

At the same time, and this the “pugnacious” among us, those “Peter’s” whose sword too readily slips from its own scabbard, should remember that “God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases”, and little more beyond that, little more than telling the Truth on our part is necessary. Of course, one still may lose one’s head. Others may jealously protect comfortable feelings, long established prerogatives, or wish to break with the too constricting customs and beliefs of the past, having discovered for themselves a new and better way to perfection.

But, on a beautiful morning such as this, all of that seems miles away and centuries ago. There is much work to be done in the garden today.

Isn’t there?

Saint of the Day
St. Matthias (1st century)
Matthias was chosen to replace Judas as one of the twelve apostles. He preached the Gospel for more thirty years in Judea, Cappadocia, Egypt and Ethiopia. He was stoned at Jerusalem by the Jews, and then beheaded.

Reflections from the Saints
You cannot be half a saint. You must be a whole saint or no saint at all.
– St. Therese of Lisieux

Scripture Verse of the Day
Psalm 115:3
Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.

Life in Christ: Catechism #2246
It is a part of the Church’s mission “to pass moral judgments even in matters related to politics, whenever the fundamental rights of man or the salvation of souls requires it. The means, the only means, she may use are those which are in accord with the Gospel and the welfare of all men according to the diversity of times and circumstances.”

One Minute Meditations
Fruitfulness
If your prayers, your sacrifices and your actions do not show a constant concern for the apostolate, it is a sure sign that you are not happy, and that you have to be more faithful.

The man who possesses happiness, and the good, will always seek to give it to others.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, #914

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For this morning enjoy the beauty of J. S. Bach, and his ordered world:

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