Thursday, May 31, 2012

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all... As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.

G. K. Chesterton

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012




I went to see the soldiers, row on row on row,
And wondered about each so still, 
     their badges all on show.
What brought them here, what life before
Was like for each of them?
What made them angry, laugh, or cry,

These soldiers, boys and men.
Some so young, some older still, 
     a bond more close than brothers
These men have earned and shared a love,
     that's not like any others
They trained as one, they fought as one
They shared their last together
That bond endures, that love is true
And will be, now and ever.

I could not know, how could I guess, 
     what choices each had made,
Of how they came to soldiering, 
     what part each one had played?
But here they are and here they'll stay,
Each one silent and in place,
Their headstones line up row on row
They guard this hallowed place.

Kenny Martin 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wednesday of the 7th Week of Easter

"The first step toward finding God, Who is Truth, is to discover the truth about myself: and if I have been in error, this first step to truth is the discovery of my error." Thomas Merton

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Memorial of St. Rita

"I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance." William Faulkner

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday Morning Quote

“Christ is the morning star, who when the night
Of this world is past brings to his saints
The promise of the light of life & opens everlasting day.”
St. Bede

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ascension Sunday

"Christ is already in that place of peace, which is all in all. He is on the right hand of God. He is hidden in the brightness of the radiance which issues from the everlasting throne. He is in the very abyss of peace, where there is no voice of tumult or distress, but a deep stillness—stillness, that greatest and most awful of all goods which we can fancy; that most perfect of joys, the utter profound, ineffable tranquillity of the Divine Essence. He has entered into His rest. That is our home; here we are on a pilgrimage, and Christ calls us to His many mansions which He has prepared." Blessed John Henry Newman

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Today's quote from St. Ambrose of Milan

"When we speak about wisdom, we are speaking of Christ. When we speak about virtue, we are speaking of Christ. When we speak about justice, we are speaking of Christ. When we speak about peace, we are speaking of Christ. When we speak about truth and life and redemption, we are speaking of Christ."

Monday, May 14, 2012

Feast of St. Matthias


[from Universalis.com]

"St. Matthias was not of the twelve; but after the treachery and death of Judas Iscariot, someone was need to take his place. Two candidates were selected, and lots were drawn to see which of them should be made one of the Twelve; the choice fell on Matthias. Nothing is known for certain about his subsequent history.
"Drawing lots to select a candidate for an office sounds strange to us, but it was a recognised Jewish custom: for example, the priest who was to enter the Temple sanctuary and burn incense there was not chosen by some rota but by lot. Random events, independent of any obvious natural or human cause, were seen as a direct expression of God’s will. Drawing lots was not a substitute for human decision – human beings had chosen Matthias as a candidate, human beings decided which priests were eligible on which days – but a way of putting the final choice into the hands of God.
"When we attain some high or responsible position, we may be tempted to congratulate ourselves on being the best candidate for the job. We would do well to remember that we have got there because of the people we have met and the things we have found ourselves doing, and, more fundamentally, because of the gifts and talents that God has given us. These things are essentially random: like Matthias, we have been chosen by lot."

Friday, May 11, 2012

Quote of the Day

"Without the Way there is no going; without the Truth there is no knowing; without the Life there is no living." -Thomas A Kempis

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

From Blessed John Paul II ...

“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.

"It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, makng the world more human and more fraternal.”  


Monday, May 7, 2012

Quote of the Day

"We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires." Pope Benedict XVI

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday, May 6

"Remember this.  When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold.  When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness.  This is also the case when people withdraw from God."  St. Augustine

Friday, May 4, 2012

First Friday - Adoration

“When God gets through to you
In the sacrament of bread and wine
In some cool, uncanny way,
Then they should be a sign
As sharp as any Jeremiah saw
That God is still at work today
And that I will come again
To dine with you
And offer you
A vision of tomorrow.”

 ― Norman C. Habel

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

For Tuesday, May 1

From Blessed John Paul II's encyclical, Laborem exercens:

"The Christian finds in human work a small part of the cross of Christ and accepts it in the same spirit of redemption in which Christ accepted the cross for us. In work, thanks to the light that penetrates us from the resurrection of Christ, we always find a glimmer of new life, of the new good, as if it were an announcement of "the new heavens and the new earth" in which man and the world participate precisely through the toil that goes with work."
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