Posted by: Peadar Ban | June 27, 2012

Today, Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Something I clipped from the FB page of The Christian Book Corner.  By the way, the Wren is back, and the rain is heavier:

Quiet reigns as the rain falls softly on the street, drips in a whisper from the leaves. A soft wind sighs through them, a little shudder sending a brief shower pattering to the glistening grass below. Curtained somewhere behind the foliage from my sight a little Wren sings about the day, supremely confident he has got it right. In the distance a Blue Jay’s piping lonesomely echoes through the woods. He calls, yet no one answers.

Seurat In the Backyard

I can hear a truck whining by going north on Route 3, fading in seconds into a faint echo.

I heard the first Wren call the morning in just a little after four am, and watched the gray light leak into the darkness. Now it is full and still, still as a Seurat hung on a wall.

The Wren is gone, but rain still whispers, like some kind of background radiation, a persistent witness that, at least, it happens, and, if so, anything else can.

When we lived in Houston our parish was St. Cyril of Alexandria. We still, all these years after remember with affection the pastor Father Bill Steele, R.I.P, and the people who were such a joyous group of souls. Do you know what, particularly, was the heresy originated by Nestor, and why it was necessary to condemn it?

Saint of the Day

St. Cyril of Alexandria (376-444)
A nephew of Theophilus, Cyril was raised in an atmosphere of asceticism. In 412 he became bishop of Alexandria. He is most well known for presiding over the General Council at Ephesus, which condemened the heresy of Nestorius. He left many exegetical treatises.

Reflections from the Saints

Supernaturally, we are all one. We are made one body in Christ, because we are nourished by one flesh. As Christ is indivisible, we are all one in him.
– St. Cyril of Alexandria

Scripture Verse of the Day

Proverbs 28:10
Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.

Life in Christ: Catechism #2308

All citizens and all governments are obliged to work for the avoidance of war. However, “as long as the danger of war persists and there is no international authority with the necessary competence and power, governments cannot be denied the right of lawful self-defense, once all peace efforts have failed.”

One Minute Meditations

Examination of Conscience
The general examination implies defence. The particular, attack. The first is your armour. The second, your sword.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #238

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It took me a while, but I understand what S. Josemaria is speaking about, here. Examination yourself generally (Your conscience, your inner life, all aspects of life inside and outside with others) to discover where you are weak and what you may need to strengthen through prayer and discipline. Examine yourself particularly to discover and attack what threatens your soul.

Here is something for the morning’s examination:

All Things Bright and Beautiful (John Rutter)

The world is full of beautiful things, if only we take time to enjoy them, God’s own creation.


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