Posted by: Peadar Ban | June 22, 2012

Today, June 22, 2012

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It is the Feast Day of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More.

A robin hops across my just watered lawn listening for worms beneath the surface, stopping every few feet to cock its head and give a hopeful poke for breakfast.  I like to watch robins in the morning, going at it early and purposefully.  I draw no lesson from them.  They simply capture my attention on a quiet morning before the rest of the world has awakened to hop about and listen for something to eat.  Across the street somewhere in the trees behind my neighbor’s house a woodpecker beats a drum roll on a tree.

It will be hot again today around here.  I suspect the TV weatherkids will all be warning us about the dire consequences of too much activity and too little wise rest.  Years ago it was sufficient to remember that only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun.  It isn’t so any longer.  We need Accu Weather now where Grandma’s quiet voice was all that was necessary.  I sometimes wonder why.

It is not yet seven and a few rays of the new day’s sun splash across the house fronts, slice through the shade of trees.  Silently, but quickly, a young lady, a neighbor, in her power walking gear strides by.  Does she notice the robin, hear the woodpecker?  Too late.  She’s gone before I can lean out and ask.

Be careful today.  Drink plenty of water.  Stay in the shade.  Play in the rain when it comes.

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St. Thomas must have been thinking of what St. Josemaria would say a few hundred years later when he took the job that eventually cost him his head.  It leads me to wonder how many of those we entrust with power reflect on such things; and how much we ourselves reflect on them before we make a decision for them.  Whose responsibility is it, after all?  What sure ground is underneath us providing comfort in tough times? Tough question, eh?

Saint of the Day

St. Thomas More (1478-1535)
Thomas was a friend of King Henry VIII and the Lord Chancellor of England–a position of power second only to the king. When the king sought a divorce and declared himself the head of the Church in England, Thomas opposed him and resigned. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London and martyred.

Reflections from the Saints

Comfort in tribulation can be secured only on the sure ground of faith holding as true the words of Scripture and the teaching of the Catholic Church.

– St. Thomas More

Scripture Verse of the Day

Galatians 5:16-17

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

Life in Christ: Catechism #2303

Deliberate hatred is contrary to charity. Hatred of the neighbor is a sin when one deliberately wishes him evil. Hatred of the neighbor is a grave sin when one deliberately desires him grave harm. “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.”

One Minute Meditations

Formation
If you have an official position, you have also certain rights which arise from the practice of that office, and certain duties.

You stray from your apostolic way if you use the opportunity – or the excuse – offered by a work of zeal to leave the duties of your position unfulfilled. For you will lose that professional prestige which is your ‘bait’ as a ‘fisher of men.’

– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #372
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Herbert Park, Dublin

Let the quiet coolness of Herbert Park take you away from sticky-icky weather for a while, as you wonder who will carry the day in the match below:

I Think You Bowled It Over the Western Edge of the World!

About the coolest music I can think of this languid morning is this from Delius.  Sit in the shade and listen:

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