Beauty seen makes the one who sees it more beautiful. ” – David Steindl-Rast from A Listening Heart
May we all grow in beauty . . . daily!
Psalm 8 is Saturday’s Responsorial Psalm and marvels at God’s creation.
When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars which you set in place –
How is it that you should be mindful of us,
or the sons and daughters of people that you should care for us?
This shot was achieved by layering two images, shot at different shutter speeds so that I was able to capture both the foreground and the detail of the moon.
Friday’s Responsorial Psalm 33 charges us to give thanks musically.
Give thanks to God on the harp;
with the ten-stringed lyre chant God’s praises.”
I choose the six-stringed guitar!
Thursday’s Responsorial is Psalm 145. Here is a verse from it:
Let all your works give you thanks, O God,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.”
In Thursday’s Gospel reading from Luke 11, Jesus tells the Pharisees, “Woe to you!” because they led people in the wrong direction. The Gospel Acclamation prior to this reading is:
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.”
– John 10:27
May we recognize the voice of truth when we hear it.
Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love. Then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire.”
– Teilhard de Chardin
Today is the Feast of Teresa of Avila. So I am
reportingre-posting last year’s picture of the lovely red poppies in Spain.
Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582). She was a Doctor of the Church, also a mystic and writer – and truly a practical, down-to-earth woman who saw into the heart of God, and truly made a difference in her world. Teresa reformed the Carmelite Order during the very difficult pass in the Catholic Church of the Spanish Inquisition.
Through it all, she kept her marvelous sense of humor. Once, after being thrown from a carriage into the mud, she said to God, “If this is how you treat your friends, it’s no wonder you have so few of them.” She was serious about her spiritual practices and being observant to, what we would call, strict religious practices. Nonetheless, she enjoyed life to the fullest, and encouraged her sisters to do the same. One wonderful story tells how Teresa danced on the table during recreation!
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The entrance antiphon for Monday expresses our desire for God. The reference is Psalm 41:2-3.
Like the deer that yearns for running streams,
so my soul is yearning for you, my God;
my soul is thirsting for God, the Living God.”
May we be like the deer!
We read in Sunday’s Gospel from Mark 10:17:
For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”
We put a lot of importance in ethereal things like status and material things like money. But it’s not about what we have or where we’re from. It’s how we live our lives. In Saturday’s Gospel reading from the 11th chapter of Luke, we read:
While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”