Posted by: Peadar Ban | May 5, 2012

Today, May 5, 2012

From the The Christian Book Corner‘s FF page:
This is another day like the few before it, opening quietly, still as a painting. If we were out at sea a few hundred years ago in the days when iron men crewed wooden ships a boat or two might be lowered now to begin the long haul out of the doldrums, a race to the wind and new worlds. Perhaps they’d sing a “manly song” to help them pull together, to make the work go easier.
We’ll plant the young ash tree today in the spot we picked for it yesterday in the misty rain. It has chosen for itself a place at the edge of one of our little bits of flowers and bushes wild and not so wild; too near the bird feeders, hard by the wild blueberries. We’ll move it a few yards to the spot where the hosta struggle, and the hosta will be relocated. There on the hill the ash will have a chance out of the shade of the huge pine in our neighbor’s yard.

Everyone is on some kind of journey or other today.

It isn’t too hard to think that today’s saint, Saint Caterina was doing the same kind of thing; picking up and putting things in a better place.

Saint of the Day
St. Caterina Cittadini (1801-1857)
A childhood orphan, Caterina opened a boarding school for girls
and taught religion. Later, she started a religious order to whose mission was to teach, and to care for the abandoned.

Reflections from the Saints
When you feel the assaults of passion and anger, then is the time to be silent as Jesus was silent in the midst of His ignominies and sufferings.
– St. Paul of the Cross

Scripture Verse of the Day
Matthew 5:23-24
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Life in Christ: Catechism #2237
Political authorities are obliged to respect the fundamental rights of the human person. They will dispense justice humanely by respecting the rights of everyone, especially of families and the disadvantaged. The political rights attached to citizenship can and should be granted according to the requirements of the common good. They cannot be suspended by public authorities without legitimate and proportionate reasons. Political rights are meant to be exercised for the common good of the nation and the human community.

One Minute Meditations
I am glad that in your prayer you tend to go far: you contemplate lands different from the one in which you find yourself; before your eyes pass people of other races; you hear different tongues. It is like an echo of that commandment of Jesus, Euntes docete omnes gentes – go, teach all nations.

To go ever further, you must enkindle that fire among those around you. Your dreams and ambitions will become reality: sooner, more and better!
– St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #462
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We  have sung this song a number of times in our own choir in our own parish here in New Hampshire.  Something to sing while pulling a ship out of a calm sea, or planting an orphan tree in a better place, don’t you think?

Jerusalem My Destiny


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