Posted by: Peadar Ban | July 27, 2012

Today, July 27, 2012

“Day is done and Love unfailing dwells ever near.”
That is the first line of a hymn we Catholics sing sometimes during Evening Prayer.  That used to be called Vespers, and vespers used to be called…, which used to be called…  I can get quite silly sometimes making a point.
Anyway, I like the song, and I especially like its first line, reminding us of something we might be inclined to forget in the heat and bustle of the day.
There was very little of that, though, today; a quiet, calm and still day.  We read to each other a bit.  I took a nice nap while listening to Bach.  Then I prepared a simple supper of vegetable soup topped with a poached egg.  We ate it on the deck while the sun poked itself out from behind the clouds for the first time, and had a glass of wine for a little gargle.
Now the crickets sing outside.  The birds have finished their business and settled in.  The kids and parents all around are quiet, and the backyard hosts only lengthening shadows and mosquitoes.
Dream of the angels.
Below is something from our friends at The Christian Book Corner:
It rained today.  Thank God!
Thinking about the little bits and pieces below something came to mind. One often reads about such things as a saint not being harmed by the tortures and trials they undergo because of their faith. Think of Daniel in the Lions’ Den and the three youths in the furnace. St. Philip Neri gives a wonderful gloss on the story of St. Pantaleon. But, then, haven’t we the testimony of St. Paul on the same subject: “In your weakness, My power reaches perfection the good Lord said. As well, He said, “Do not be afraid. I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”A woman of our long acquaintance whose soul is with the saints we pray, had the last name of Welby. Once she said that her family’s motto was “satisfied with our lot.” The motto could have been taken directly from the Letter to the Hebrews. And, she was, indeed satisfied, though her “lot” was not what one would have called a bed of roses she accepted and changed it into a most pleasing garden.

Do spend some time thinking about St. Josemaria’s little exhortation. Every once in a while he levels the opposition with an overhand right. Idiocy is the proper word in this case. How many practitioners of idiocy have we to endure. Like flies at the feast. Spray them with Truth. They cannot endure.

Saint of the Day
St. Pantaleon (4th century)
The son of a rich pagan, Pantaleon was instructed in Christianity by his mother. He studied medicine and became the physician to Emperor Maximianus. He was denounced as a Christian by envious colleagues, but he resisted the temptations offered him to apostatize. He was subjected to atrocious tortures from which he was miraculously immune, and was finally decapitated.
Reflections from the Saints
Do not grieve over the temptations you suffer. When the Lord intends to bestow a particular virtue on us, He often permits us first to be tempted by the opposite vice. Therefore, look upon every temptation as an invitation to grow in a particular virtue and a promise by God that you will be successful, if only you stand fast.
– St. Philip Neri
Scripture Verse of the Day
Hebrews 13:5
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Life in Christ: Catechism #2350
Those who are engaged to marry are called to live chastity in continence. They should see in this time of testing a discovery of mutual respect, an apprenticeship in fidelity, and the hope of receiving one another from God. They should reserve for marriage the expressions of affection that belong to married love. They will help each other grow in chastity.
One Minute Meditations
Tactics
To serve as a loud-speaker for the enemy is the height of idiocy; and if the enemy is God’s enemy, it is a great sin. That is why, in the professional field, I never praise the knowledge of those who use it as rostrum from which to attack the Church.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #836
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Here is something to send the flies back to their lord, the master of lies, the king of decay. What better than to sing along and bring light, the best answer!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4zvjV4_sAY&feature=related

J.S. Bach Magnificat Ton Koopman BWV 243 Full album Lyrics – ArcaDellaMemoria
http://www.arcadellamemoria.blogspot.com ArcaDellaMemoria: Video. Ton Koopman J. S. Bach Magnificat BWV 243 Amsterdam Baroque Orc
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