Posted by: Peadar Ban | April 23, 2012

Today, April 23, 2012

Something lifted from The Christian Book Corner’s FB page:


The rain is till doing what it came to do yesterday here in Cow Hampshire and for the second day this month it is April. Cold. Wet. Delightfully miserable. It is a perfect morning to sit with a cup of hot tea wrapped in a warm robe and thank the Good Lord for life in all of its many blessings.

Sometimes when a day like this ends too early, when the rain slows and stops and the sky lifts, there’s a feeling of loss for the closeness and coziness of it all. But, then the clouds have gone and light returned, even if it is simply starlight, and the all too welcome “lightness of being” with it brings on an inner smile and energy to see what wonders waters from above have worked.

Well was it once said that “all manner of thing will be well”.

Today is the Feast Day of St. George.  Have you dragons that need killing?  Don’t we all?  Read below just a little bit about him, and his great popularity in times past.  Perhaps there is a need to have a renewal of that practice these days when “there be dragons” almost everywhere.

There is something interesting for parents, too; interesting…challenging…perhaps just a little convicting.

And, finally, the thoughts of St. Josemaria might seem to many to be an utter contradiction to the prevailing wisdom calling all of us to “Be All You Can Be“, and it is more than probably true they are. The saint and the rest of the entries below, if one reads them with openness and charity seem to be saying that the proper phrase to follow would be “Be All You SHOULD Be“.

Saint of the Day
St. George (4th century)
George was a soldier and martyr. He gave all he had to he poor. He is best known for the Golden Legend – slaying a dragon. In the 15th century his feast day was as popular as Christmas.

Reflections from the Saints
A man who fails to love the Mass fails to love Christ. We must make an effort to “live” the Mass with calm and serenity, with devotion and affection. And this is why I have always suspected that those who want the Mass to be over with quickly show, with this insensitive attitude, that they have not yet realized what the sacrifice of the altar means.
– St. Josemaria Escriva

Scripture Verse of the Day
Mark 12:30-31
“‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Life in Christ: Catechism #2225
Through the grace of the sacrament of marriage, parents receive the responsibility and privilege of evangelizing their children. Parents should initiate their children at an early age into the mysteries of the faith of which they are the “first heralds” for their children. They should associate them from their tenderest years with the life of the Church. A wholesome family life can foster interior dispositions that are a genuine preparation for a living faith and remain a support for it throughout one’s life.

One Minute Meditations
Everything may collapse and fail. Events may turn out contrary to what was expected and great adversity may come. But nothing is to be gained by being perturbed. Furthermore, remember the confident prayer of the prophet: “The Lord is our judge, the Lord gives us our laws, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us.”

Say it devoutly every day, so that your behaviour may agree with the designs of Providence, which governs us for our own good.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #855

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Here is some music to help you awaken to the small revision in thought about being:

The third movement of Jean Sibelius’ fifth symphony in E flat major.


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