Saturday, December 15, 2007

A discovery

Sr. Genevieve Glen, OSB, editor of the daily offices in the monthly prayer book Magnificat, has her own blog : Take with You Words.

O quickly come, great King of all;
Reign all around us, and within;
Let sin no more our souls enthrall,
Let pain and sorrow die with sin:
O quickly come; for you alone
Can make your scattered people one.

O quickly come, true Life of all,
For death is mighty all around;
On every home his shadows fall,
On every heart his mark is found:
O quickly come; for grief and pain
Can never cloud your glorious reign.

-- Lawrence Tuttiette (1825-97);
    from Magnificat, December 2003, p. 82
Saint John Damascene

Mary opened to us the unspeakable abyss of God's love for us. Through her the old enmity against the Creator is destroyed. Through her our reconciliation with him is strengthened, peace and grace are given to us, men and women are the companions of angels, and we, who were in dishonor, are made the children of God. From her we have plucked the fruit of life. From her we have received the seed of immortality. She is the channel of all our goods. In her God was man and man was God. What more marvelous or blessed? I approach the subject in fear and trembling.

With Mary, the prophetess, O youthful souls, let us sound our musical instruments, mortifying our members on earth, for this spiritual music. Let our souls rejoice in the Ark of God; the walls of Jericho will yield, I mean the fortresses of the enemy. Let us dance in spirit with David; the Ark of God is at rest. With Gabriel, the great archangel, let us exclaim, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you." Hail, inexhaustible ocean of grace. Hail, sole refuge in grief. Hail, cure of hearts. Hail, you through whom death is expelled and life is installed.

-- meditation in Magnificat for Thurs. 4th December 2003

Friday, December 14, 2007

From the Anchor Hold

A very moving tribute to the late Ms. Knapp, from her niece.

Monday, December 10, 2007

At the Commonweal blog
(which I rarely explore)

... a fascinating thread about classics that you never intend to read.

I wouldn't rule out Lord of the Rings, but I haven't read it yet, and probably never will.

I'll never read Middlemarch, or anything else written by a woman named George.

I was supposed to have read at least one Jane Austen novel in high school, but somehow avoided it.

Proust I might tackle, if I have a free decade.
On this date in 1968

The Trappist monk and author Thomas Merton died.

Some of his books were influential in bringing me back to the Church after a long absence.

He may need our prayers. Requiescat.