Saturday, April 30, 2011

Enough For One Day

“With each question the awareness grew in him that the time was close but was not yet; that the Lord would answer him when it was necessary for him to know, and then only as much as he needed to know. He supplied only enough manna for one day at a time. This was the perennial way of faith, the path of absolute abandonment to the will of God. This, and this alone, was the sure foundation.
Still, it was hard to feel so helpless.”
~Michael O’Brien

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Joy of all Creation

Trembling for joy cries all creation;
What is this mystery so great and new?
The Lord has risen from among the dead,
And Death itself He crushed with valiant foot.
Behold the cruel tyrant bound and chained,
And man made free by Him who rose!
~Melito of Sardis

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Restoration

“At times, as the work of restoration of the divine image in us proceeds under the hand of the Divine curator during… prayer, we have to have very great faith in Him and patiently let layers of muck come to the surface so that they may fall away. In spite of feelings of ambivalence, or the sense that all we are experiencing is a vast confusion of thoughts and feelings and images, more dark than light, we need to be faithful to our daily practice of… prayer.”
~M. Basil Pennington

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

You Are The Same

Of old You laid the earth's foundations;
the heavens are the work of Your hands.
They perish, but You remain;
they all wear out like a garment;
Like clothing You change them and they are changed,
but You are the same, Your years have no end.
May the children of Your servants live on;
may their descendants live in Your presence.

~Psalm 102:26-29

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Good Shepherd

“I am the good shepherd…
…and I lay down My life for the sheep.
…I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

~John 10:14,15,17,18

So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”
But He was speaking of the temple of His body.

~John 2:18-21

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Your Cross

“The everlasting God has, in His wisdom,
foreseen from eternity the cross
that He now presents to you
as a gift from His inmost heart.

This cross He now sends you
He has considered with His all-knowing eyes,
understood with His loving mind,
tested with His wise justice,
warmed with His loving arms,
and weighed with His own hands,
to see that it be not one inch too large
and not one ounce too heavy for you.

He has blessed it with His holy name,
anointed it with His grace,
perfumed it with His consolation,
taken one last glance at you and your courage,
and then sent it to you from heaven,
a special greeting from God to you,
an alms of the all-merciful love of God.”
~St. Francis de Sales

Friday, April 22, 2011

He Shall Be Raised High

See, My servant shall prosper,
He shall be raised high and greatly exalted.
Even as many were amazed at Him--
so marred was His look beyond that of man,
and His appearance beyond that of mortals--
So shall He startle many nations,
because of Him kings shall stand speechless;
For those who have not been told shall see,
those who have not heard shall ponder it.
~Isaiah 52:13-15

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sing my Tongue, The Glorious Battle

Sing my tongue, the glorious battle,
Sing the ending of the fray;
To the Cross, our noble trophy,
Here a fitting tribute pay,
Telling how the world’s Redeemer,
Slain as victim, won the day.

Tell how, when at length the fullness
Of the appointed time was come,
He, the Word, was born of woman,
Left for us His Father’s home,
Showed to men the perfect manhood,
Shone as light amidst the gloom.

Now the thirty years are ended
Which on earth He willed to see,
Willingly He meets His Passion,
Born to set His people free;
On the Cross the Lamb is lifted,
There the sacrifice to be.

Faithful Cross, above all other,
One and only noble Tree,
None in foliage, none in blossom,
None in fruit thy peer may be;
Sweet the wood and sweet the iron,
And the load, most sweet is He.

Unto God be praise and glory:
To the Father and the Son,
To the eternal Spirit, honour
Now and evermore be done;
Praise and glory in the highest,
While the timeless ages run.

~Words: Venantius Fortunatus & Music: Picardy (French carol melody)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

As Travelers Treat The Barking Of Dogs

“Two mistakes I find common among spiritual persons. One is that they ordinarily measure their devotion by the consolations and satisfactions which they experience in the way of God, so that if these happen to be wanting, they think they have lost all devotion. No, this is no more than a sensible devotion. True and substantial devotion does not consist in these things, but in having a will resolute, active, ready and constant not to offend God, and to perform all that belongs to His service. The other mistake is that if it ever happens to them to do anything with repugnance and weariness, they believe they have no merit in it. On the other hand, there is then far greater merit; so that a single ounce of good done thus by a sheer spiritual effort, amidst darkness and dullness and without interest, is worth more than a hundred pounds done with great facility and sweetness, since the former requires a stronger and purer love. And how great so ever may be the aridities and repugnance of the sensible part of our soul, we ought never to lose courage, but pursue our way as travelers treat the barking of dogs.”
~St. Francis de Sales

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

To The Ends Of The Earth

And My God shall be My strength,
Indeed He says,
“It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob,
And to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles,
That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.”
~Isaiah 49:5b-6

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Great Canticle of Love

My love of You, God, is not some vague feeling;
it is positive and certain.
Your word struck into my heart
and from that moment I loved You.
Besides this, all about me,
heaven and earth and all that they contain
proclaim that I should love You.

But what do I love when I love You?
Not material beauty of a temporal order;
not the brilliance of earthly light;
not the sweet melody of harmony and song;
not the fragrance of flowers, perfumes, and spices;
not manna or honey;
and not limbs the body delights to embrace.

It is not these that I love when I love my God.
And yet, when I love Him,
it is true that I love a light of a certain kind,
a voice, a perfume, a food, an embrace;
but they are the kind that I love in my inner self,
when my soul is bathed in light that is not bound by space;
when it listens to sound that never dies away;
when it breathes fragrance that is not borne away on the wind;
when it tastes food that is never consumed by the eating;
when it clings to an embrace from which
it is not severed by fulfillment of desire.
This is what I love when I love my God.
~Saint Augustine

Thursday, April 14, 2011

It Is Fire

“Christianity is not a code of ethics for improving the behavior of humanity. Our faith is much more than that. It is light breaking into darkness. It is salvation. It is fire.”
~Michael O’Brien

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Soul Thirsting for God

I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.
Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me.
~Psalm 63:2-8

“Father, Creator of unfailing light, give that same light to those who call to You. May our lips praise You; our lives proclaim Your goodness; our works give You honor, and our voices celebrate You for ever.”
~Psalm-prayer (Unknown)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Infinite Sea of God’s Life

“The raising of Lazarus is steeped in mystery with many unanswerable questions. Yet this mystery the mind can deal with. The Resurrection of Jesus by His own divine power and His Ascension back to God are beyond all human understanding. They do not contradict human reason; they go beyond where it can go. They bring us to the edge of the infinite sea of God’s life. All is divine mystery, unfathomable and inscrutable.”
~Benedict Groeschel

“If we insist on being as sure as is conceivable... we must be content to creep along the ground, and never soar.”
~John Henry Newman

Saturday, April 9, 2011

God's Will & Our Calling

“Everyone who breathes, high and low, educated and ignorant, young and old, man and woman, has a mission, has a work. We are not sent into this world for nothing; we are not born at random; we are not here, that we may go to bed at night, and get up in the morning, toil for our bread, eat and drink, laugh and joke, sin when we have a mind, and reform when we are tired of sinning, rear a family and die. God sees every one of us; He creates every soul, …for a purpose. He needs, He deigns to need, every one of us. He has an end for each of us; we are all equal in His sight, and we are placed in our different ranks and stations, not to get what we can out of them for ourselves, but to labor in them for Him. As Christ has His work, we too have ours; as He rejoiced to do His work, we must rejoice in ours also.”
~John Henry Newman

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Center

“There are no ‘if’s’ in God’s world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety -- O Corrie, let us pray that we may always know it!”
~Betsie in The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Depth Of Mercy

Depth of mercy! Can there be
Mercy still reserved for me?
Can my God His wrath forbear,
Me, the chief of sinners, spare?

I have long withstood His grace,
Long provoked Him to His face,
Would not hearken to His calls,
Grieved Him by a thousand falls.

Now incline me to repent,
Let me now my sins lament,
Now my foul revolt deplore,
Weep, believe, and sin no more.

There for me the Savior stands,
Shows His wounds and spreads His hands.
God is love! I know, I feel;
Jesus weeps and loves me still.

~Words: Charles Wesley & Music: Orlando Gibbons

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Open Our Eyes

It was unheard of for anyone to open the eyes of a man born blind until the coming of Christ, the Son of God.

~See John 9:1-41

Friday, April 1, 2011

Interesting Thought…

“A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying Him. It ‘consents,’ so to speak, to His creative love. It is expressing an idea which is in God and which is not distinct from the essence of God, and therefore a tree imitates God by being a tree.”
~Thomas Merton