Posted by: Peadar Ban | May 16, 2012

Today, May 16, 2012

This morning something sweet from The Christian Book Corner, and a couple of questions to answer:

 

As we sit by the open window after a night of rain we can hear only the sounds of some robins off in the woods. All else, but a few song sparrows nearer by is quiet. Even the jays are late this morning. Perhaps rain falling all night long sends out the same message, “Stay in your beds, and rest a little longer. The washing will soon enough be done. The clouds will go along. And then, the sun. Him you cannot avoid nor ignore. In the meantime, simply listen to the woods echoing Robin’s song.”

One of us at least has not taken the advice of gentle showers and sips a cup of tea, listening to the morning by the open window.
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St. John Vianney says a beautiful thing this morning, entirely in keeping with the beauty of this quiet moment. And, who but the saint could possibly have known better, being a conduit for the Mercy he speaks of for thousands, each of whom, all of whom, are in a special relationship with God.

One of us once was told that we should think of that relationship in this way: “Think of God as loving you only with all of His love, and think of every thing that happens to you as God’s effort to communicate with you the fact that you are loved exclusively by Him who only wants you to know that and trust that.”

Certain things follow from that which sometimes take a lifetime to unfold and understand. Don’t you think so?

Saint John Vianney is speaking of it.  So is Saint Josemaria..and the Catechism.  They know.  It knows.  It is sometimes odd to think that so many do not.  It is more sad to think that so many will not try to know.

Perhaps there is something you can do about that?

Saint of the Day
St. John Nepomucene (1340-1393)
John was a great preacher who converted thousands. The confessor to the queen, he was imprisoned for refusing to reveal her confession to the king. When he continued to refuse, the king had him executed.

Reflections from the Saints
God’s mercy is like an unleashed torrent; it bears away all hearts in its flood.
– St. John Vianney

Scripture Verse of the Day
2 Corinthians 1:21-22
And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

Life in Christ: Catechism #2258
“Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.”

One Minute Meditations
Suffering
One could get rid of so much neurosis and hysteria if people were taught – together with Christian doctrine – really to live as Christians: loving God and knowing how to accept contradictions as a blessing from His hand!
– St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #250
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