Thursday, September 07 2006 @ 11:43 PM PDT
Contributed by: Admin
“I said to the almond tree, ‘Sister, speak to me of God.’ And the almond tree blossomed.” --Saint Francis of Assisi
“Trust the past entirely to the mercy of God, the present to his teacher lore and the future to his providence.” --St. Augustine
“Men have forgotten God, that cause the Russian troubles.”
“Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, he has risen, just as he said.” --Matthew 28:5-6
“…No one, however, will deny the chastening effect of some suffering, nor the restraining effect of its fear. It brings us up sharply before the realities of life, obscured, perhaps by too much sweetness.
It is the Prodigal Son eating the husks of swine when calamity has destroyed his little idols and securities, who has learned the evil of sin. ‘Wisdom is found in sadness,’ remarked Solomon. How could men develop the fine qualities of sympathy without suffering-----of fortitude, without adversity---of greatness, without trial! Character is polished by discipline as gold is tried by fire. ‘Such as I love, I rebuke and chastise,’ says Jesus Christ (Apoc. 3:19).”
--Quest of Certainty (A Modern Irenicon) by John A. Cass Page 185
“Within my earthly temple there’s a crowd;
There’s one of us that’s humble, one that’s proud,
There’s one that’s broken-hearted for his sins,
There’s one that unrepentant sits and grins;
There’s one that loves his neighbor as himself,
And one that cares for naught but fame and pelf.
From much corroding care I should be free
If I could once determine which is me.” --Edward Sanford Martin ‘My Name Is Legion’
PRAYER OF ABANDONMENT
I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you;
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me,
and in all your creature -
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul;
I offer it to you with all the
love of my heart,
for I love you Lord,
and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my father.
-Brother Charles of Jesus
Frank Davied, OFM
B.I.B.L.E. = Basic Information Before Leaving Earth
Psalms 23 (Lord is my Shepherd)
Proverbs 17 : 1-10
Job 38 : 1-12
1 Corinthians 13 : 1-13 (Love)
Romans 8 : 1-8 (Holy Spirit)
Luke 6 : 32-36 (love enemies)
Mark 12 : 28-31 (Great Commandment)
Mark 12 : 41-44 (Widow’s Offering)
John 8 : 1-11 (Cast the first stone)
Matthew 16 : 16-20 (Baptize - be with you)
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not allowed to openly practice their faith. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious truth which the children could remember. The hidden meaning of the verses are as follows:
The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ.
The two turtle doves are the Old and New Testaments.
The three French hens are Faith, Hope and Charity.
The four calling birds are the Four Gospels.
The five golden rings are the Torah.
The six geese a-laying are the Six days of creation.
The seven swans a-swimming are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The eight maids a-milking are the Eight Beatitudes.
The nine ladies dancing are the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.
The eleven pipers piping are the Eleven Faithful Disciples.
The twelve drummers drumming are the 12 points of belief in the Apostle’s Creed.
SONG OF SOLOMON
“For lo the winter is past, --- the rain is over and gone --- the flowers appear on the earth. The time of singing of birds is come --- and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land” (Song of Solomon 2:22) Dear God, we ask that you instill in our hearts your eternal spring….
Annie Dillard in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek:
“Somewhere I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, ‘If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?’ ‘No,’ said the priest, ‘not if you did not know.’ ‘Then why,’ asked the Eskimo earnestly, ‘did you tell me?’”
“In 1958, when jet planes were first put to commercial use, a captain said to me just prior to take-off, ‘I simply cannot understand how this 250,000 pound thing gets off the ground.’ Today, not even a passenger on his first flight bothers to wonder about it. Awe, it seems is displaced by familiarity.
Fueled by a million man-made wings of fire
The rocket tore through the sky…
And everybody cheered.
Fueled by only a thought from God,
The seedling urged its way through the thickness
And as it pierced the heavy ceiling of the soil
And launched itself up into outer space…
No one even clapped.
(Notes from Fee-March 1971)
---Mass--Prayer--Don’t get anything out of it--But its like growing--you don’t feel it but you are growing--you get what you give--God is not suppose to entertain you-(all though through Nature he does)--he paid the supreme price for you to entertain him----you are supposed to give-not get-giving is love---getting is selfishness.”