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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
You are the garment which covers our nakedness, and in our hunger You are a satisfying food, for You are sweetness and in You there is no taste of bitterness, O triune God!”
~St. Catherine of Siena
Monday, April 28, 2014
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.”
Sunday, April 27, 2014
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you, we bless you,
we adore you, we glorify you,
we give you thanks,
for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ,
Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
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“Christians, to the Paschal victim
offer your thankful praises!
A lamb the sheep redeemeth:
Christ, who only is sinless,
reconcileth sinners to the Father.
Death and life have contended
in that combat stupendous:
the Prince of life, who died,
Speak, Mary, declaring
what thou sawest, wayfaring:
‘The tomb of Christ, who is living,
the glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
Bright angels attesting,
the shroud and napkin resting.
Yea, Christ my hope is arisen;
to Galilee he will go before you.’
Christ indeed from death is risen,
our new life obtaining;
have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!”
~Wipo of Burgundy (d. 1048)
Friday, April 25, 2014
Light’s glittering morn bedecks the sky,
Heav’n thunders forth its victor cry:
The glad earth shouts her triumph high,
And groaning hell makes wild reply.
Hell’s pains are loosed and tears are fled:
Captivity is captive led:
The angel, crowned with light, hath said:
‘The Lord is risen from the dead.’
Author of all, be Thou our guide
In this our joy of Eastertide;
Whene’er assaults of death impend,
Thy people strengthen and defend.
To Thee who, dead, again dost live,
All glory, Lord, Thy people give:
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete.
~Words: Latin, Seventh century & Music: Easter Chant, Easter Song, St. Lawrence
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The outer world is stilled.
You become an ear.
You learn to listen.
At first, with luck, you hear
the sound of distant deer bells:
and then, from even farther,
a voice that falls more softly
than footsteps on the water.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
As I had always known
he would come, unannounced,
remarkable merely for the absence
of clamour. So truth must appear
to the thinker; so, at a stage
of the experiment, the answer
must quietly emerge. I looked
at him, not with the eye
only, but with the whole
of my being, overflowing with
him as a chalice would
with the sea. Yet was he
no more there than before,
his area occupied
by the unhaloed presences.
You could put your hand
in him without consciousness
of his wounds. The gamblers
at the foot of the unnoticed
cross went on with
their dicing; yet the invisible
garment for which they played
was no longer at stake, but worn
by him in this risen existence.
~R. S. Thomas
Monday, April 21, 2014
~St. John Cassian (c.360-435) from The Seven Books, Chapter XVII
“Cassian is defending the resurrection of Jesus Christ by using logic. If you deny the incarnation, then you deny death, and if you deny death, you deny the resurrection. The whole realm of Christianity rests on the fact that ‘Christ is risen’.
Easter Monday is a holiday celebrated in Eastern Orthodox churches and Roman Catholic churches. It is also called Bright Monday or Renewal Monday and time is spent in worship, fellowship and in the Greek tradition, telling jokes to each other remembering that God pulled the great cosmic joke on the devil by raising Christ from the dead.”
Sunday, April 20, 2014
For the universal Kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one weep for his iniquities,
For pardon has shown forth from the grave.
Let no one fear death,
For the Saviour's death has set us free.
He that was held prisoner of it has annihilated it.
By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive.
He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh.
And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry:
Hell, said he, was embittered
When it encountered Thee in the lower regions.
It was embittered, for it was abolished.
It was embittered, for it was mocked.
It was embittered, for it was slain.
It was embittered, for it was overthrown.
It was embittered, for it was fettered in chains.
It took a body, and met God face to face.
It took earth, and encountered Heaven.
It took that which was seen, and fell upon the unseen.
O Death, where is thy sting?
O Hell, where is thy victory?
Christ is risen, and thou art overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
. . . To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages.
~St. John Chrysostom
Friday, April 18, 2014
~St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Spreads o’er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.
~(From the hymn: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross)
Words: Isaac Watts & Music: Lowell Mason
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
"O who can tell which judgment is the more terrible, the silent secret judgment, or the open glorious coming of the Judge. It will be most terrible certainly, and it comes first, to find ourselves by ourselves, one by one, in His presence, and to have brought before us most vividly all the thoughts, words and deeds of this past life. Who will be able to bear the sight of himself? And yet we shall be obliged steadily to confront ourselves and to see ourselves. In this life we shrink from knowing our real selves. We do not like to know how sinful we are. We love those who prophesy smooth things to us, and we are angry with those who tell us of our faults. But then, not one fault only, but all the secret, as well as evident, defects of our character will be clearly brought out. We shall see what we feared to see here, and much more. And then, when the full sight of ourselves comes to us, who will not wish that he had known more of himself here, rather than leaving it for the inevitable day to reveal it all to him!"
~John Henry Newman
"On that day [at the end of time] we will not be facing an unknown, faceless judge who has stern, by-the-book convictions. We will be facing our Friend. His hands still bear the wounds of the nails, and His voice is the same one that has been calling us all our lives. As He sorts between sheep and goats, it won't be hard for Him to tell which is which. A lifetime turns you into one or the other. It will be too late then to repent of all the goatish decades, which passed so gently, imperceptibly, one lazy day after another. At the end of a lifetime of living like a goat, it will be too late to turn into a humble, trusting lamb. Today is the day of salvation.
(Psalm 95:6-7) 'O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. O that today you would hearken to His voice!'"
Monday, April 14, 2014
Lord, Your Glory In Christ We Have Seen
Lord, Your glory in Christ we have seen,
Full of goodness and full of grace:
In Christ let us live anew,
Fill us with His love,
And all men shall see the fruits of Your victory.
The Almighty has planted His seed in the earth:
He tended well the grain and He waits for the rebirth.
The Almighty has ground all the grain for the feast:
He made it into flour, and He waits for the yeast.
The Almighty has given His body for man:
He broke for us the bread, and He waits like a lamb.
The Almighty was given a crown made of thorn:
It pierced Him till He bled and He waits: do we mourn?
The Almighty did suffer and evil destroy:
He died to ease our pain, and He waits for our joy.
~Melody: Words: Didier Rimaud (Translator: Anthony Petti) Music: Jean Langlais
Saturday, April 12, 2014
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
~N. T. Wright
Monday, April 7, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
~Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The glory of these forty days
We celebrate with songs of praise;
For Christ, by Whom all things were made,
Himself has fasted and has prayed.
Alone and fasting Moses saw
The loving God Who gave the law;
And to Elijah, fasting, came
The steeds and chariots of flame.
So Daniel trained his mystic sight,
Delivered from the lions’ might;
And John, the Bridegroom’s friend, became
The herald of Messiah’s Name.
Then grant us, Lord, like them to be
Full oft in fast and prayer with Thee;
Our spirits strengthen with Thy grace,
And give us joy to see Thy face.
O Father, Son, and Spirit blest,
To thee be every prayer addressed,
Who art in threefold Name adored,
From age to age, the only Lord.
~Words: St. Gregory (translated by Maurice Bell) & Music: Joseph Klug
Friday, April 4, 2014
thoughts more than the veined Rock, Jesus, the
Fountain of wisdom from which flow the rivers of
When Thy servant Moses struck the rock with his rod,
he prefigured Thy life-giving side, O Savior, from which
we all draw the water of life.
Like Joshua the son of Nun, search and spy out, my
soul, the land of thine inheritance and take up thy
dwelling within it, through obedience to the law.
Rise up and make war against the passions of the flesh,
as Joshua against Amalek, ever gaining victory over
the Gibeonites, they deceitful thoughts.
O my soul, pass through the flowing waters of time
like the ark of old, and take possession of the land of
promise, for God commands thee.
As Thou has saved Peter when he cried out, ‘Save
me,’ come quickly, O Savior, before it is too late, and
save me from the beast. Stretch out Thine hand and
lead me up from the deep of sin.
I know Thee as a calm haven, O Lord...
Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.”
~St. Andrew of Crete
Thursday, April 3, 2014
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the pearl
of great price, the one field that had
the treasure in it. I realize now
that I must give all I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but it is the eternity that awaits you.
~R. S. Thomas
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
to follow his way of life, my soul, that in contemplation
thou mayest attain the vision of God in the bush.”
~St. Andrew of Crete
“This ‘vision of God in the bush’ is, like the Transfiguration of Christ on Mt. Tabor (Matthew 17:1-8), the Christian destiny. By diligence in seeking God we are purified, then illumined, and then see His light; and to see His light is to be engulfed and filled by it. (1 John 3:2) ‘Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.’ So wrote St. John, who had been a witness on Mt. Tabor.
...it is the same fire of God that Moses saw in the Burning Bush and that St. John saw transfiguring Christ on Mt. Tabor, which devoured Nadab and Abihu. People in earlier generations had more familiarity with the characteristics of fire than we do. Until a hundred years ago, there was no experience of light that was not provided by fire, whether candlelight, lamplight, or campfire. All scriptural references to ‘light’ assume the presence of fire.
Fire is brilliant, illuminating, and warming, but is also dangerous in its power. It must be treated with respect. Fire does not compromise or make allowances. In an encounter, any change that takes place will be on the part of the one approaching the fire—not the fire itself.
God is changeless by His very nature. If you approach Him, you are going to be the one doing the changing. (1 Corinthians 3:15) ‘If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.’ What in you will be burned up when you meet the light of Christ?”
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
A hundred boats are still looking for the shore.
There is more in my hopes than I imagined.
The tiny roof nail lies on the ground, aching for the roof.
Some little bone in our foot is longing for heaven.