Thursday, January 31, 2013

Throwing Cabbages

“It is said that in the fourth century the market women in Constantinople were throwing cabbage heads at each other because they had different opinions about the Most Holy Trinity. Isn't it rather sad that we have to admit that while market women might still throw cabbage heads at each other, the reasons for doing so have changed so completely.”
~Maria von Trapp

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sing Out!

“I’d rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.”
~Jack London

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Holy Sorrow & Joy

“...Neither our own suffering nor that of others must be allowed to blind us to the splendor of sunlight, to the beauty of the sky and the stars; to the bliss of loving and being loved; to the greatness of the truths we may penetrate.

...Let us admit, though, that God may burden us with a cross — such as the loss of one who is dearest to us — which withers up all joy about creaturely things in our heart, and transforms our life into a pure via cruces. Even then, however, our supernatural joy because of God and because of the glory that awaits us in eternity and is the object of our wistful hope must remain alive in us, and keep its primacy.

...In brief, a true Christian must not live in a way as though Christ had never spoken the words, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ but even less in a way as though He had not also said to His disciples, ‘Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is great in heaven.’ The Christian knows: ‘Pain and suffering are only there for the sake of joy.’ (Heribert Holzapfel)

The tissue of a Christian’s life must be interwoven with threads of true joy and threads of true sorrow alike, because we have not yet arrived at the point ‘where God shall wipe away all tears.’ But it is joy that must have the primacy: for, after the lumen Christi has brightened the world, even on earth there is incomparably more cause for bliss than for sorrow. Joy must be the deeper, the decisive element, the form of our life, as it were. For that which warrants our joy is the supreme reality, the ultimate word in the universe. The sufferings of this world are essentially transitory. Happiness, eternal and indestructible, awaits all those who follow Christ.”
~Dietrich von Hildebrand 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Essence of a Fly

“All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly.”
~St. Thomas Aquinas

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Holy Sorrow

“Already, as members of the Mystical Body of Christ, we are in an inexpressible fashion united to God and may participate in the life of the Holy Trinity. We still, however, possess God according to the mode of belief only, not according to the mode of vision. If we really and truly love God, this ‘seeing through a glass in a dark manner’ cannot but pain us. Whoever feels no sorrow at this relative separation from God and does not yearn to see God face to face, is not yet filled with that supreme love of God which speaks from St. Paul’s words: ‘Having a desire to be dissolved and to be with Christ’ (Phil. 1:23). ‘Blessed are they that mourn’ for not having attained yet to the beatific vision.

...This sorrow is precious in the eyes of God: for it proves, on the one hand, that our vision is adjusted to the perspective of truth and guided by supernatural light – that our faith is a living one; and reveals, on the other hand, a glowing love of God in our soul which prevents us from being satisfied by anything less than the sight of God and an eternal, indestructible community with Him. What, after all, should we think of a lover who endures without grief a separation from his beloved – no matter how sure he is of her love?”
~Dietrich von Hildebrand

Friday, January 25, 2013

That Comfort Which Wipes Away All Tears...

“...And there came on him in that hour one of those vast experiences that can never be told, when a flood rises in earth and air that turns them all to wine, that wells up through tired limbs, and puzzled brain and beating heart, and soothes and enkindles, all in one; when it is not a mere vision of peace that draws the eyes up in an ecstasy of sight, but a bathing in it, and an envelopment in it, of every fibre of life; when the lungs draw deep breaths of it; and the heart beats in it, and the eyes are enlightened by it; when the things of earth become at once eternal and fixed and of infinite value, and at the same instant of less value than the dust that floats in space; when there no longer appears any distinction between the finite and the eternal, between time and infinity; when the soul for that moment at least finds that rest that is the magnet and the end of all human striving; and that comfort which wipes away all tears.”
~Robert Hugh Benson

Thursday, January 24, 2013

True Charity

“We leave charity for a moment, and this imperfect habit of human love is thrust upon us, and we content ourselves with it as if it were true charity, till some clear light shows us that we have been deceived.”
~St. Francis de Sales

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


“Parents are not interested in justice — they want QUIET!”
~Bill Cosby

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Great Metaphor

“The sunrise observed in a puddle”
~Anna Kamienska

Monday, January 21, 2013

Right is Stronger

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Children of God

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!
...Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
~1 John 3:1a & 2-3

Friday, January 18, 2013

Remembering Mountain Men

I put my foot in cold water
and hold it there: early mornings
they had to wade through broken ice
to find the traps in the deep channel
with their hands, drag up the chains and
the drowned beaver. The slow current
of the life below tugs at me all day.
When I dream at night, they save a place for me,
no matter how small, somewhere by the fire.

~William Stafford

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My Redeemer

I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His wondrous love to me;
On the cruel cross He suffered,
From the curse to set me free.

Sing, oh sing, of my Redeemer,
With His blood, He purchased me.
On the cross, He sealed my pardon,
Paid the debt, and made me free.

I will tell the wondrous story,
How my lost estate to save,
In His boundless love and mercy,
He the ransom freely gave.


I will praise my dear Redeemer,
His triumphant power I’ll tell,
How the victory He giveth
Over sin, and death, and hell.


I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His heav’nly love to me;
He from death to life hath brought me,
Son of God with Him to be.


~Words: Philip Bliss & Music: James McGranahan

Words: Philip P. Bliss, 1876.
This is perhaps the last hymn Bliss wrote before he died in a train wreck. He survived the initial crash, but was killed trying (unsuccessfully) to rescue his wife. The lyrics were found in his belongings after the accident.

This song is one of the first ever recorded on a phonograph. George Stebbins made the recording during a demonstration of Thomas Edison’s new invention in New York City.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


“Truth is power, but only when one has patience and requires of it no immediate effect. And one must have no specific aims. Somehow, lack of an agenda is the greatest power. Sometimes it is better not to think in terms of plans; here months may mean nothing, and also years. Truth must be sought for its own sake, its holy, divine greatness.”
~Romano Guardini

Monday, January 14, 2013

Immortality of the Soul

“The immortality of the soul is a matter of such importance to us; it affects us so deeply that we must have lost our wits completely not to care what it is all about. All our actions and our thoughts must follow such different courses depending on whether there are eternal rewards to hope for or not...”
~Blaise Pascal

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Fear Not

But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I gave Egypt for your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Since you were precious in My sight,
You have been honored,
And I have loved you;
Therefore I will give men for you,
And people for your life.
Fear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your descendants from the east,
And gather you from the west;
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’
Bring My sons from afar,
And My daughters from the ends of the earth—
Everyone who is called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory;
I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
~Isaiah 43:1-7

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Contemplative Prayer

“God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. Assist me in my quest to find You, God, in the midst of the noisiness of life. Make haste to help me find silence, Lord, so that, like Elijah on the mountain, I may discern Your still small voice therein.”

~St. John Cassian, Carl McColman, Psalm 70:1, and 1 Kings 19:9-18

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Donna Nobis Pacem

“Grant us peace”

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


“Mercy, the specifically supernatural virtue, thus provides a touchstone more infallible perhaps than the test of any other virtue for a life conceived and molded in Christ. Hence, the question whether we have been merciful must play a decisive part in our examination of conscience. Many are the occasions for mercy which we miss. Only too often do we, as did the Pharisee, pass by a wounded one—clinging to our personal concerns, circumscribed by our lack of freedom.

Yet, the virtue by which we live hourly is precisely the one of which we ought to be most mindful. And the mercy of God is what we live by. It pervades our lives integrally; it is the primal truth on which the whole being of a Christian rests. ‘For His mercy endureth forever’ (Ps. 136:1). Indeed, the light of which the Psalmist says, ‘The light of Thy countenance, O Lord, is signed upon us’ (Ps. 4:6), is His mercy who ‘maketh His sun to rise upon the good and bad’ (Matt. 5:45) and who ‘spared not even His Son’ (Rom. 8:32) in order to redeem us.

The way to attain the virtue of mercy lies in our constant awareness of being encompassed by mercy: of the fact that mercy is the air we children of God are breathing. May the mercy of God, of whom the Church says: ‘With eternal love did the Lord love us, wherefore He drew us, raised from the earth, to His heart in commiseration’—may this mercy of God pierce and transform our hearts. May it draw us into the orbit of its all-conquering, liberating, suave power, before which all worldly standards collapse.

For according to the words of the Lord’s Prayer (‘Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us’), only insofar as we become merciful ourselves may we harvest the fruits of His mercy and taste, on a day to come, the last word of His mercy ‘that eye hath not seen, nor ear heard: neither hath it entered into the heart of man’ (1 Cor. 2:9).

‘Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.’”
~Dietrich von Hildebrand

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Psalm 119:33-40

He (H) V

33 Teach me the demands of Your statutes
and I will keep them to the end.
34 Train me to observe Your law,
to keep it with my heart.

35 Guide me in the path of Your commands;
for there is my delight.
36 Bend my heart to Your will
and not to love of gain.

37 Keep my eyes from what is false;
by Your word, give me life.
38 Keep the promise You have made
to the servant who fears You.

39 Keep me from the scorn I dread,
for Your decrees are good.
40 See, I long for Your precepts;
then in Your justice, give me life.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Mountains

“The mountains from their heights reveal to us two truths. They suddenly make us feel our insignificance, and at the same time they free the immortal Mind, and let it feel its greatness, and they release it from the earth.”
~Hilaire Belloc

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Standard of Good

“The terrible danger at the heart of our Society is that the tests are giving way. We are altering, not the evils, but the standard of good which is the only standard by which any evil can be detected and defined.”
~G. K. Chesterton

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Hark, How All The Welkin Rings

Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the Life, the inner man:
O, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.
~Charles Wesley

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


“The things you do not have to say make you rich.

Saying the things you do not have to say weakens your talk.

Hearing the things you do not have to hear dulls your hearing.”

~William Stafford

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Resolution - Listen more...

“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.”
~Doug Larson