Posted by: Peadar Ban | April 22, 2012

Today, The Third Sunday of Easter

Hat tip to The Christian Book Corner for what follows.  Think of it as a kind of Day Book, a Ship’s Log…a Police Blotter(?):

Well, thank you for your prayers.  it rained here last night, and some angel moved our chairs inside from the deck so that they did not get wet.  We have been thinking about moving a few small trees around, and today would be a good day to do it. The ground will be wet, the soil looser and the roots prepared.  It’s good work.

Here is a piece of music to help you awaken and start the day; the 1st Movement of Mahler’s 1st Symphony.  (Of course, all of the other movements in this rather exciting and dramatic piece of music are worth staying around for and listening to.  Perhaps after you have come back from church?  (You do go to church on Sunday?)

Saint of the Day

Bl. Maria Gabriella (1914-1939)
After a rebellious but loyal youth, Maria joined a Trappestine monastery. She soon dedicated her short life to praying for Christian Unity. She died of tuberculosis just 15 months later.

Reflections from the Saints

God’s will whatever it may be, this is my joy, my happiness, my peace.

– Bl. Maria Gabriella

Scripture Verse of the Day

Proverbs 23:22

Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

Life in Christ: Catechism #2224

The home is the natural environment for initiating a human being into solidarity and communal responsibilities. Parents should teach children to avoid the compromising and degrading influences which threaten human societies.

One Minute Meditations

The Struggle
In the same way that many go to see first stones being laid, without bothering about whether the works then begun will ever be finished, sinners deceive themselves with their “last times”.

– St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #143

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Sometimes, it seems, that one can compare certain saints to blue giants, those stars that burn brilliantly in the wide expanse of space for only a little time, but which are so bright and beautiful.  That thought occurred when reading the short piece about Bl. Maria Gabriella.  Ste. Therese of Lisieux is another.  No doubt you can come up with others who shine among us, briefly, and then shine on.

There is some obvious emphasis on the family this morning in the little snippets above: the words from Proverbs, the Catechism selection and even the quote from St. Josemaria.  All of them are worth more than a moment’s meditation doesn’t it seem?

The first selection gives rise to a certain sadness for all of those children who will never know father or mother, or both; the ones who have never been allowed to taste life, and the ones from whom access to father or mother is denied or severely curtailed through the bitterness of divorce, or loss from abandonment, the many other wrongnesses of life and culture that assail us even as we think them goods.

We should think about them, and think about how we…all of us…deceive ourselves when we assist in laying the stones to the works we have been building here these last number of decades, or assist others who do the work so well by our silence, simply standing aside and watching.  Yes, the truth is that often parents do not “teach children to avoid the compromising and degrading influences which threaten human societies”.  We all carry those stones to be laid.  We all in one way or another are engaged in building the the “works”.


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