Posted by: Peadar Ban | May 8, 2012

Today, May 8, 2012

Another slightly amended borrowing from The Christian Book Corner:


Someone might look out on a day like today and decide that the best way to begin was to return to the cozy bed they had just left. But there is something about the kind of weather we have that calls us out into it. Cool, but not cold, dim but not dark, we went outside first thing and took a short walk in the wet grass in our bare feet.

Now, there is a way to wake up! Little bits of mowed grass sticking to our feet we came back inside and sipped some hot tea. It was delightful. You should try it some morning. And, while wandering about like a slightly mad person, imagine the birds and squirrels looking on and wondering just what has happened to you.

There is much to think about in the selections below. Becoming a friend of God is appealing, isn’t it? We should ask Saints Peter and Josemaria today to intercede for our own bishops and archbishops in their current work here in the United States…and elsewhere around the world where the challenges are more critical and pressing.

Troublesome times, troublesome times. But as we read in Morning Prayer today:

“From the place where he dwells he gazes
on all the dwellers on the earth,
he who shapes the hearts of them all
and considers all their deeds.”

Saint of the Day
St. Peter of Tarantaise (1102-1175)
Peter was an archbishop who devoted much energy to reforming
his diocese. He removed corrupt and immoral clergy, aided the poor, and promoted education. He was a trusted adviser to popes and kings.

Reflections from the Saints
God loves the poor, and consequently He loves those who have an affection for the poor. For when we love anyone very much, we also love his friends.
– St. Vincent de Paul

Scripture Verse of the Day
Proverbs 29:25
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.

Life in Christ: Catechism #2240
Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country.

One Minute Meditations
We have to try to ensure that in all fields of intellectual activity there are upright people, people with a true Christian conscience, who are consistent in their lives, who can use the weapons of knowledge in the service of humanity and of the Church.

Their presence will be necessary because in the world there will always be, as there were when Jesus came on earth, new Herods who try to make use of knowledge – even if they have to falsify it – to persecute Christ and those who belong to him.

What a great task we have ahead of us!
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, #636
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Do not consider the rain to be a burden. Here is something to help you weather this gentle dew fall. Think of each drop as a tear…of joy?..of compassion?:

Here is another piece we just wanted to share with you for no particular reason other than that is is like the day:


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