Friday, March 27, 2015

Liking sermons for the sake of another

"[Sister Ruth] didn't mind dull sermons because she knew someone needed to hear what was being preached. I recall being shocked by that notion; I thought only in terms of me, of course, and couldn't imagine 'liking' a homily for the sake of another."

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

"She struck the angel Gabriel as hardly old enough to have a child at all, let alone this child, but he'd been entrusted with a message to give her, and he gave it.

"He told her what the child was to be named, and who he was to be, and something about the mystery that was to come upon her. 'You mustn't be afraid, Mary,' he said.

"As he said it, he only hoped she wouldn't notice that beneath the great, golden wings he himself was trembling with fear to think that the whole future of creation hung now on the answer of a girl."

Frederick Buechner

Peculiar Treasures

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"God needs, He deigns to need, every one of us"

"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...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."
St. John Neumann

Monday, March 23, 2015

A poetical view of things

"With Christians, a poetical view of things is a duty. We are bid to color all things with hues of faith, to see a divine meaning in every event."
Cardinal John Henry Newman

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Solemnity of the Passing of Our Holy Father Saint Benedict

Image source
"Today we celebrate the transitus of our Holy Father, Saint Benedict. It would seem like a very straightforward historical feast, the passing away of the Father of Western Monasticism, the patron saint of Europe. It would seem like a very historically minded feast. It would seem.

"But those of us who are more 'in the know' know that it is not so. Discovering the historical remnant of this feast, indeed locating the physical relics of Saint Benedict is like a rather perverse game of “Where’s Waldo?” Is he at Monte Cassino or at Fleury? Is his arm, his hand here or there? And where is Walda? St. Scholastica? They are pressing questions, but...

"Perhaps that is not very important. Perhaps it is more important on this transitus feast to discover where Saint Benedict is right here, right now alive as he must be in this community, in this school of the Lord’s service, in the hearts and minds of his sons and daughters, laboring around the world under the guidance of his rule and in his honored memory. Where is Saint Benedict for us today?"

Father Denis Robinson, O.S.B.

Homily on the Solemnity of the Passing of
Our Holy Father Saint Benedict
Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln
21 March 2014

Friday, March 20, 2015

A nice image of St. Joseph

St Joseph, painted terracotta, ca. 1475-1500
Now in the Walters Art Museum

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Solemnity of St. Joseph

"In [St. Joseph] the Old Testament finds its fitting close. He brought the noble line of patriarchs and prophets to its promised fulfillment. What the divine goodness had offered as a promise to them, he held in his arms."

Saint Bernadine of Siena
from the Office of Readings
for the Solemnity of St. Joseph
19 March 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Another 'program' is not always the answer

"The Holy Spirit knows what a particular age's most pressing need is far better than men with their 'programs.'"
Hans Urs von Balthasar