Posted by: Peadar Ban | May 15, 2012

Today, May 15, 2012

Something soft and sweet from the Christian Book Corner’s Facebook page:

The morning greets us with a gentle rain soft and cool. And all the greens are deep, and all the trees asleep it seems in a morning made for dreams.

This soft day, as the Irish would call it, is made for long wood walks, for lingering before deep and still ponds to listen for the very air whispering by, to listen for the whisper of rain drops from young leaf to soft mosses and all those other tiny sounds of life getting ready for the heat and light of summer.

April was a much drier month this year, worryingly dry, and warmer than it is usually. It occurred to one of us this morning that when April, with its enlivening showers comes in May, it is a much better month all around. In the interests of truth, what was actually said was, “We’re having April in May.” And that is not a bad thing at all, at all.

Saint Isidore the Farmer would have loved a day like this we think. We are sure he does love it.
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Thinking about the reflection below from Saint Isidore of Seville, the one thing that occurred to us is that today is a good metaphor of Confession and God’s gentle mercy, deepening our life, washing us new.

Saint of the Day
St. Isidore the Farmer (1070-1130)
When their son died, Isidore, and his wife St. Mary de la Cabeza, made vows to live celibately together. They attended Mass together everyday. Once, when he was accused of neglecting his work to attend Mass, angels were found plowing the fields in his place.
Reflections from the Saints
Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin. All hope consists in confession. In confession there is a chance for mercy. Believe it firmly. Do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God. Hope and have confidence in confession.
– St. Isidore of Seville
Scripture Verse of the Day
Matthew 18:1-4
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Life in Christ: Catechism #2257
THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT. You shall not kill.
One Minute Meditations
Beyond Death
The thought of death will help you to grow in the virtue of charity, for it might be that this particular instant in which you are together with one person or another is the last one. They, or you, or I, could be gone at any moment.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #895
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Wash yourself in these gentle sounds, and be made new. It tells a story, gently, of hope, promise, renewal and eventual restoration and triumph triumph:

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