Posted by: Peadar Ban | May 6, 2012

Today, May 6, 2012

There is a grey dove out in the birdbath in the back just sitting there. They do that. Of course they cannot think, but from time to time one sees something like this and wonders. Are they enjoying a good soak?

The bird bath currently hosting the contemplative dove was a parting gift from a woman who died some years ago. Marie had brain cancer. She lived quietly, the beneficiary of the kindness of a friend. She owned nothing, and prayed for everyone. She was a Franciscan tertiary who had been quite beautiful and popular as a young woman. She married and was abandoned by her husband, who in another age would have been called a “rake”, a cad, a bounder. Today he might aptly be called a loser. Marie never used those words.

Alone, penniless, homeless, she experienced a conversion and asked God to continue to take everything away from her. At the end of her life, with only her “pills” and her friend’s couch, she was among the happiest of people.

We were reminded of Marie while reading about the Saint of the Day, Saint Anna Rosa Gattorno.

And, it occurred to us to wonder about, among other things, how does one come to ask such a “favor” of God? Is it desperation? Or, is it something else?

Have you ever wondered?

Saint of the Day
St. Anna Rosa Gattorno (1831-1900)
Widowed after six years of marriage, Anna took private vows of
chastity and obedience and became a Franciscan tertiary. She had the hidden stigmata, and helped found several religious congregations.

Reflections from the Saints
My love, what can I do to make the whole world love you? Make use once again of this wretched instrument to renew the faith and conversion of sinners.
– St. Anna Rosa Gattorno

Scripture Verse of the Day
Psalm 99:9
Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy!

Life in Christ: Catechism #2238
Those subject to authority should regard those in authority as representatives of God, who has made them stewards of his gifts: “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution…Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God.” Their loyal collaboration includes the right, and at times the duty, to voice their just criticisms of that which seems harmful to the dignity of persons and to the good of the community.
One Minute Meditations
Venial sins do great harm to the soul. – Therefore God says in the Song of Songs: ‘Catch the little foxes that make havoc of the vineyards’.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #329
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It is bright, sunny and cool now in the late afternoon. We apologize for not writing to you sooner, who have no doubt been kept pacing by your monitor just waiting for word that we have. In reparation for our great tardiness, here is something to put you in a better mood:

And, you know, one isn’t enough

So here’s another:


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