Posted by: Peadar Ban | May 2, 2012

Today, May 2, 2012

It is wet.
It is cold.
It is still April.

It is also 8:00AM and the world is still abed it seems. At least it seems so in New Hampshire where its Guardian Angel has not raised the cover on the day, and we still languid lie under it. Nothing stirs, no persons or passing cars, flying bird nor busy bee, barking dog nor gentle breeze; even trees whose tall tops stand still as if carved from stone, dark columns against the sleeping sky. They sleep and so it seems does everything.

The steady rain is gone from yesterday, and the languid world rests after its bath. It will awaken, of course it will, and under some bright sun return like “shook foil” to its own “dearest freshness” for at least a while, at least a while.

Pennichuck Pond on a Quiet Morning

Pennichuck Pond on A Quiet Morning

It is the Feast of St. Athanasius today. He was a man, he was. Athanasius the Great.  He spent most of his life fighting the Arian heresy against all comers, including a few emperors, so much so that he earned the nickname “Athanasius Contra Mundum”. Well, he did it well, is a father of the church and it is no small part of the truth to say that along with the others of his rank he laid the foundation for the culture we are so foolishly dismantling today.

Would that we might have some great ones like him to guard and rebuild. Good St Athanasius, pray for us!

Saint of the Day
St. Athanasius (295-373)
Athanasius was Bishop of Alexandria. Due to his opposition to the Arian heresy, he spent much of his life in exile. He was a champion of belief in the Divinity of Christ, and is a Doctor of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints
The corruption of death no longer holds any power over mankind, thanks to the Word, who has come to dwell among us through his one body.
– St. Athanasius

Scripture Verse of the Day
Psalm 23:1
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Life in Christ: Catechism #2234
God’s fourth commandment also enjoins us to honor all who for our good have received authority in society from God. It clarifies the duties of those who exercise authority as well as those who benefit from it.

One Minute Meditations
I shall never share the idea, either in the ascetical or the juridical field, of those who think and live as if serving the Church were equivalent to climbing to the top.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #351

Here is a piece of music for the morning. We used to play this for the children when they were young, and how they ran about like colts in the meadow through the rooms and said the most childlike of words, “Again!”:


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