Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Feast of Saint Andrew

"Rejoice, O Isaiah, and receive the Word of God.
Prophesy to Mary the Maiden.
She is the Burning Bush unconsumed by the fire of divinity." 
Adorn yourself, O Bethlehem.
Enter, O Magi, and see salvation swaddled in a crib.
Behold the star shining above the cave;
It announces the life-giving Lord who saves the human race.

Tell us, O Joseph, how you led the Virgin
Into the Bethlehem cave.
'After searching the scriptures and hearing the angel', he says,
'I am certain that Mary will wondrously give birth to God
Whom the wise men from the East will worship,
Offering to him their precious gifts'.

[Hymns from Vespers for the Feast of Saint Andrew]

Monday, November 29, 2010


“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”

--Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sunday, November 28, 2010

First Sunday in Advent

 See! The ruler of the earth shall come,
the Lord who will take from us the heavy burden of our exile.
The Lord will come soon, will not delay.
The Lord will make the darkest places bright.

--from a monastic liturgy

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

"I did not know where I was.  I experienced an almost total change...I tried to find myself and could not...The greatest joy burst from the depths of my soul; I could not speak...I could not account for the faith and awareness that I had acquired.  All that I could say is that in the moment of this phenomenon, the band fell from my eyes; and not one band, but a whole collection of them, and they disappeared rapidly, one after the other, as snow, mud and ice disappear under the influence of the burning sun."
--Alphonse Ratisbonne upon his miraculous conversion.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Friday, November 26, 2010


Not yesterday I learned to know
    The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
    And they are better for her praise.
--from My November Guest by Robert Frost 

Thursday, November 25, 2010


"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."
--G.K. Chesterton

(I am grateful for each and every one of you, dear readers. May this Thanksgiving Day be a happy and peaceful one for you all, and may Almighty God richly bless you and your dear ones.) 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The road

That is the road we all have to take--over the Bridge of Sighs into eternity.
--Soren Kierkegaard

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Never cease loving

“Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him, for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low, could still be saved; the bitterest enemy and also he who was your friend could again be your friend; love that has grown cold can kindle.”

--Soren Kierkegaard

Monday, November 22, 2010

Feast of Saint Cecilia

For music, I must think, was given
To be of higher life a token,
The language by the angels spoken,
The native tongue of heaven!
--Christopher Pearse Cranch in "The Music of Nature" 
Saint Cecilia, pray for us. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010


One forgives to the degree that one loves.
--Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Saturday, November 20, 2010


“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

--C. S. Lewis

Friday, November 19, 2010

Speak to me of love

Speak to me of love, said St Francis to the almond tree, and the tree blossomed.
--Nicholas Kazantzakis

Thursday, November 18, 2010

One red leaf

The one red leaf, the last of its clan,

That dances as often as dance it can, 

Hanging so light, and hanging so high, 

On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky.

--Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
--Melodie Beattie

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


They always win who side with God.
--Rev. Frederick Faber

Monday, November 15, 2010

The happiness of life

“The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions-the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heart-felt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling.”

--Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Love was meant to be also a sign, a symbol, a messenger, a telltale of the Divine. Love is a messenger from God saying that every human affection and and every ecstasy of love are sparks from the great flame of love that is God.
--Bishop Fulton Sheen

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The glory of friendship

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, November 12, 2010


To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
--Author Unknown

Thursday, November 11, 2010


The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. 
--William Blake

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dear friend

--But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored, and sorrows end.
--William Shakespeare

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thank You

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Dinner of Herbs

"Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a stalled ox and hatred therewith."

Sunday, November 7, 2010


"Joy is prayer.  Joy is strength.  Joy is love.  Joy is a net of love
by which you can catch souls.  She gives most who gives with joy."

--Mother Teresa 

Saturday, November 6, 2010


“For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.”

--Ivan Panin

Friday, November 5, 2010

Heart to heart

“A heart well worth winning, and well won. A heart that, once won, goes through fire and water for the winner, and never changes, and is never daunted.”

--Charles Dickens

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A grateful heart

Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, - a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
--George Herbert

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


"On the motionless branches of some trees, autumn berries hung like clusters of coral beads, as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels . . .”

--Charles Dickens

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The sweetness of friendship

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
--Kahlil Gibran


“Heaven-born, the soul a heavenward course must hold; beyond the world she soars; the wise man, I affirm, can find no rest in that which perishes, nor will he lend his heart to ought that doth on time depend.”



For the Holy Souls:

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Feast of All Saints

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God: blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall be called the children of God: blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
--from the Mass for the Feast of All Saints (Saint Matthew 5. 8-10)