Posted by: Peadar Ban | April 27, 2012

Today, April 27, 2012

This is something I lifted from the Facebook page of The Christian Book Corner


They say that the native folk in the Arctic have any number of words for snow. It must be the same for the Irish with rain…little enough of which we have had around here this Spring. One morning several years ago we were about to leave the Arbutus Hotel in Killarney to drive around the Ring of Kerry. The young lady at the desk told us, “You have a fine soft day for it now, haven’t you?”

She was right.

The rain caressed you rather than fell on you, kissed everything in its going and lent a sweet soft feeling that no matter what came it would come gently and make you glad it had come.

This morning is that kind of morning. Our wishes for a fine, soft day to you all, today.

St. Peter Armengol’s story below makes us wonder what we might have offered ourselves for; what, or who, have we loved so much that we have been moved to endure anything, anything at all, which would disturb our comfortable routine. And the answer, the truthful answer, is not uplifting. One must remember, though, St. Domenic Savio’s words below about the rewards for the labor.

“With the mouth one confesses and is saved.” We belong to an ecclesial movement in the Catholic Church called The Families of Nazareth. It was founded in Poland almost thirty years ago. There is, how may it be said, great emphasis placed on recognizing and accepting the truth about oneself. which necessarily leads to confession and reconciliation.

Then, by grace, the work may be begun, the little work by humble means, each in their own place, like soft rains falling.

Saint of the Day
St. Peter Armengol (1238-1304)
A thief and brigand, Peter had a conversion when his band tried to hijack his father’s entourage. He offered himself as ransom for 18 captured Christian children and endured so much torture on their behalf that he is considered a martyr.

Reflections from the Saints
Nothing seems tiresome or painful when you are working for a Master who pays well; who rewards even a cup of cold water given for love of Him.
– St. Dominic Savio

Scripture Verse of the Day
Romans 10:9-10
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Life in Christ: Catechism #2229
As those first responsible for the education of their children, parents have the right to choose a school for them which corresponds to their own convictions. This right is fundamental. As far as possible parents have the duty of choosing schools that will best help them in their task as Christian educators. Public authorities have the duty of guaranteeing this parental right and of ensuring the concrete conditions for its exercise.

One Minute Meditations
Supernatural Life
The plants lay hidden under the snow. And the farmer, the owner of the land, observed with satisfaction: ‘Now they are growing on the inside.’

I thought of you: of your forced inactivity…

Tell me: are you too growing ‘on the inside’?
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #294

“Si Beag, Si Mhor” is a melody by O’Carolan, Irish music, soft, caressing, for an Irish day as we like to call it. It means “Little Fairies, Big Fairies”. We have a cousin over there, Larry, who believes in them. The truth of it is he may be right, especially on a day like this:

Si Bheag, Si Mhor Celtic Treasure: The Legacy of Turlough O’Carolan


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