Posted by: Peadar Ban | May 1, 2012

Today, May 1, 2012

Something for your morning coffee lifted from The Christian Book Corner’s Facebook page:

This morning the world outside seems as if it is a sanctuary.  All is quiet.  All is still.  The only sounds are distant jaycalls, single notes from the high trees and deep woods, or what remains from last falls freakish snow.  It is a rare and beautiful moment, mystical if the word may be used.  And mystical because all seems waiting for some kind of revelation.  The world seems pregnant.  Oh, of course, just over the hill cars stream by, and above the gray clouds, above the soft rain and beyond the deep greens of new grass and budding flowers, beyond muted bird calls, beyond the sweep of one person’s poor sight “time marches on”.

Busy hands, busy feet, busy minds scatter, chatter and choose and throw away.

But here, this moment pauses.  Who wouldn’t pause with it before the inevitable moving on.


It is the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, today.  We are also given the startling example of St. Peregrine, converted like Saint Paul in an instant by another’s humility.  His name literally means traveler, foreigner, alien, pilgrim….all of us.  We have no rest here, even if the day is as quiet and peaceful to start as this one seems here and now.  We have a place to go, though; a goal much better, a home prepared.  Saint Peregrine learned that in a flash.  Others take their whole life to learn.  Which are you?

Do you not love what Saint Zita has to say?  She sounds like a Grandma.

Saint of the Day

St. Peregrine (1260-1345)
Once an anti-Catholic, Peregrine converted when he struck a Christian across the face, and his victim calmly turned the other cheek and prayed for him. He lived in silence and solitude. When he did speak, he was known as an excellent preacher and gentle confessor. Late in life, he was healed of cancer after a vision of Christ.

Reflections from the Saints

A servant is not pious if she is not industrious.

– St. Zita

Scripture Verse of the Day

Acts 20:32

And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Life in Christ: Catechism #2233

Becoming a disciple of Jesus means accepting the invitation to belong to God’s family, to live in conformity with His way of life: “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.” Parents should welcome and respect with joy and thanksgiving the Lord’s call to one of their children to follow him in virginity for the sake of the Kingdom in the consecrated life or in priestly ministry.

One Minute Meditations

A paradox: I have had fewer worries on my mind every day since I decided to follow the advice of the psalm: “Cast your cares upon the Lord, and he will sustain you.” And at the same time, once we have done whatever needs doing, everything can be solved more easily. – St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #87

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Here is a short piece of music for the day made by a beautiful young lady.


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