Sunday, April 29, 2012
"Mummy. I was thinking."
"I get to receive these two sacraments for my whole life!"
"Yes, Miriam, they are the greatest gift!"
"And, Mummy," she continued, "They must always go together."
I thought she was just parroting back Todd and my own mantras to her (and to each other!). The two go together.
"Good, Mim," I smiled. "That's right."
But she continued.
"Because, Mummy, it reminds me of two parables Our Lord gave us."
"Yes. The parable of the 10 Wise Virgins and the parable of the Unworthy Guest. The Virgins who were ready for the bridegroom to come were like having Confession before the Communion. And the unworthy guest did not."
Huh. Did not see that one coming. She's been spending hours with the Good Shepherd, the True Vine, and the Found Coin, but she remembers the virgins and the unworthy guest. There is no guile in her interpretation of the Word--the Scripture clarify for her and give her a picture with which to understand what is happening in her soul these two glorious days and for the rest of her life.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Happy Feast Day to our Miriam Gianna Ahern! Gianna has been a dear friend to you thus far and will be for many years to come and in eternity. Remember, beautiful girl:
"Our body is a cenacle, a monstrance: through its crystal the world should see God." ~St. Gianna
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Heart, mind, and body. Amen.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
"Something strange is happening - there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.
"He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all”. Christ answered him: “And with your spirit”. He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: “Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light”."
~from "an ancient homily," in the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday
Friday, April 6, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Indifferently, the glimmer of stars
Lit up the turning in the road.
The road went round the Mount of Olives,
Below it the Kedron flowed.
The meadow suddenly stopped half-way.
The Milky Way went on from there.
The grey and silver olive trees
Were trying to march into thin air.
There was a garden at the meadow’s end.
And leaving the disciples by the wall,
He said: ‘My soul is sorrowful unto death,
Tarry ye here, and watch with Me awhile.’
Without a struggle He renounced
Omnipotence and miracles
As if they had been borrowed things,
And now He was a mortal among mortals.
The night’s far reaches seemed a region
Of nothing and annihilation. All
The universe was uninhabited.
There was no life outside the garden wall.
And looking at those dark abysses,
Empty and endless, bottomless deeps,
He prayed the Father, in a bloody sweat,
To let this cup pass from His lips.
Assuaging mortal agony with prayer,
He left the garden. By the road he found
Disciples, overcome by drowsiness,
Asleep spreadeagled on the ground.
He wakened them: ‘The Lord has deemed you worthy
To live in My time. Is it worthiness
To sleep in the hour when the Son of Man
Must give Himself into the hands of sinners?’
And, passing, can catch fire. Now, in the name
Of its dread majesty, I am content
To suffer and descend into the tomb.
I shall descend and on the third day rise,
And as the river rafts float into sight,
Towards My Judgement like a string of barges
The centuries will float out of the night.’