Stephen

Stephen

The foes are biting, his head hung low,
It rained so hard, the stones and blows,
Yet, even as his blood ran cold,
Victory beckons! To the Lord, he holds.
~ D.F.

Feast of St Stephen, First Martyr
December 26, 2013

All Saints

All Saints

Invitation accepted,
The multitudes arrive.

Arduous journeys, labour and strife.

Spirits gently bearing,
Prayers and incense rising.

Their just reward to be had,
See, the royal table lays set.

The LORD’s banquet at last attending,

Let all saints rejoice and be glad.

All Saints Day
November 1, 2013

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“After this, I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue.

They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.

They cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.”

Revelation 7:9-10

Faith & Reason

Of Faith & Reason

Is Faith truly opposed to Reason as some say?

For as the leaves of this plant are aligned against each other with little overlap in order to capture the most of the available sunlight,

Faith and Reason come together from seemingly opposed ends to enlighten our minds and hearts.

Indeed,

While Reason is the foundation upon which Faith is built,

Faith yields the context within which Reason evolves beyond mere logic and finally acquires real meaning.

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“I believe, in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe.”
~ St Augustine of Hippo

Vocation

Vocation

“Work is man’s original vocation. It is a blessing from God, and those who consider it a punishment are sadly mistaken.”

~ St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, no. 482

 

Photo:

Yunnan, China

Triumph

Future Glory

Has the tree surgeon finally overdone it?

This tree has lost its limbs and in the process, has been shorn of all its former leafy glory.

But like our spirit which is sometimes humiliated and painfully pruned by trials and challenges, there is always hope for a future glory that outshines the present.

Just so long as we stay rooted to life…

“Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”
~ Luke 24:26

“To suffer, not to die.”
~ St Magdalene de Pazzi

Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross