Posted by: Peadar Ban | April 28, 2012

Today, April 28, 2012

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

Moose Skowron is dead, a baseball hero of those of us a certain age. His going brings back those memories of simpler days and lasting truths, of goodness and beauty in ordinary things, and, somehow, turns one’s mind to contemplate the wisdom in the simple. A whole world opens up on a morning like this.

We stood before the window looking out at the lightening day, the color rising, and wondered at the ease of it all, the ordinary ease and common beauty even in the most overlooked things. Sometimes it seems there is :

Joining In The Song

In the old days when fathers never left
Except to go off to war
In those days when mothers never left
Except to die in bed
Some wild child would see Sun set
And wonder where it
Had lain its brilliance for the night
And which place of mystery
Was Sun’s place of rest.

And the same child when Moon rose
Stood on a hill alone
Or the same child when Moon rose
Leaned on the sill at home
And listened to what Moon was singing
Playing with the wild idea
Of joining in the song.

When in those days clouds bent low
In a gentle way they seldom show,
All who chose to ride along
Were lifted onto breath of song.
The sleeper in his red brick home
The dreamer on the cobbled street
The shepherd pasturing his sheep
Up on the cresting hill
Lifted. And all was still.

This morning you have the picture of St. Gianna Molla to capture and keep with you. We had a short conversation with a young woman recently whose thoughts about her new role of wife seemed in every aspect to be what might have been the thoughts of Saint Gianna; and it was one of those little beauties mentioned above to hear her speak so quietly and joyfully.

Saint of the Day
St. Gianna Molla (1922-1962)
Gianna was a physician and surgeon who frequently worked with mothers, babies, the elderly, and the poor. While pregnant, she was diagnosed with a cyst, and her surgeon recommended an abortion in order to save Gianna’s life; she refused and died a week after childbirth.

Reflections from the Saints
O Jesus, I promise You to submit myself to all that You permit to befall me, make me only know Your Will.
– St. Gianna Molla

Scripture Verse of the Day
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Life in Christ: Catechism #2230
When they become adults, children have the right and duty to choose their profession and state of life. They should assume their new responsibilities within a trusting relationship with their parents, willingly asking and receiving their advice and counsel. Parents should be careful not to exert pressure on their children either in the choice of a profession or in that of a spouse. This necessary restraint does not prevent them – quite the contrary from giving their children judicious advice, particularly when they are planning to start a family.

One Minute Meditations
You should respect those who are capable of saying No to you. And you should also ask them to give you reasons for their refusal, so that you can learn – or put them right.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #425

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Do you ask for reasons when God says “No.”?

Here is a little piece by one of our favorite composers, Jean Sibelius, that reminds us, from the other side of day, of the poem above. Persevere in your listening.:


  1. A lovely poem, and reflection.

    • Thank you very much, Gabriel. Pray for us.


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