Posted by: Peadar Ban | May 17, 2012

Today. The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, May 17, 2012

This morning’s freshness is captured and presented from The Christian Book Corner’s facebook page:

One might say it was a long time ago, but it seems, the memory is so fresh, as if it is happening right now.

We were in Ireland for the first time on a morning just like this one at just about this time of year. It often happens there as it happened here last night that a fall of rain will refresh everything while we sleep, and the world will appear at dawn as if it had been just placed from the hand of God.

The first awake will see and feel, we think, as our first parents must have seen and felt (just an instant ago?) walking through the garden. No matter your own age, no matter your own place, you cannot help being re-created, renewed yourself. That morning the hills around the Golden Vale where we stayed were cloud crowned and bathed in the freshest light from the just rising sun, as if they were being gilded as we watched.

What a wonderful gift we are given the beginning of each day, awaking from deep sleep, through dreams to the dream of a new day from the mind of God.
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Today is the Feast of the Ascension, forty days after Easter. Among Catholics the day is called a Holy Day of Obligation when we are reminded to remember our duty to give thanks, and asked to attend at Holy Mass to do so . That is the whole purpose of the Holy Mass, of course, where we gather to offer God the greatest and most worthy gift we have to give Him.

It is sometimes, sadly, forgotten.

Saint of the Day
St. Pascal Baylon (1540-1592)
Pascal was a shepherd before becoming a Franciscan lay-brother. He had a strong devotion to the Holy Eucharist, defending the Real Presence against the attacks of Calvinists. Despite his lack of education, many people, both rich and poor, sought his counsel.

Reflections from the Saints
It is on humble souls that God pours down His fullest light and grace. He teaches them what scholars cannot learn, and mysteries that the wisest cannot solve He can make plain to them.
– St. Vincent de Paul

Scripture Verse of the Day
Matthew 5:5
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

Life in Christ: Catechism #2259
In the account of Abel’s murder by his brother Cain, Scripture reveals the presence of anger and envy in man, consequences of original sin, from the beginning of human history. Man has become the enemy of his fellow man. God declares the wickedness of this fratricide: “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.”
One Minute Meditations

Truthfulness
It is painful to see that some people are less concerned with learning and taking possession of the treasures acquired by science than they are in spending their time tailoring them to their own taste through a more or less arbitrary process.

But being aware of this must lead you to redouble your effort to go more deeply into the truth.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #5
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Imagine yourself, no matter where you are now, in a pasture in the Golden Vale…and dance:

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