Tag: rose

What Do Calvary and Bethlehem Have in Common?

And on Christmas Eve, this simple thought: I searched God’s lexicon to fathom “Bethlehem” and “Calvary.” It simply said: See “Love.” – Gordon Gilsdorf

What Shall We Plant Today?

We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all. -Dorothy Day May the seeds you sow bring forth loveliness.

Thoughts on Hope – 6

The case for hope has never rested on provable facts or rational assessment. Hope by its very nature is independent of the apparatus of logic. – Norman Cousins

The Magdalen, a Garden and This

Today’s Lenten poem from Education for Justice is by Kathleen O’Toole. The Magdalen, a Garden and This She who is known by myth and association as sinful, penitent, voluptuous perhaps… but faithful to the last and then beyond. A disciple for sure, confused often… Continue Reading “The Magdalen, a Garden and This”


Today on Holy Thursday we remember, not only the Last Supper, but also Jesus agonizing vigil in Gethsemane. So today’s poem from Education for Justice is by Mary Oliver. Gethsemane The grass never sleeps. Or the rose. Nor does the lily have a secret… Continue Reading “Gethsemane”

On the Third Day of Christmas . . .

There is no rose of such vertu As is the rose that bare Jesu.    Alleluia. For in this rose conteined was Heaven and earth in litel space,    Res miranda.(1) By that rose we may well see There be on God in persons… Continue Reading “On the Third Day of Christmas . . .”

On the First Day of Christmas . . .

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming From tender stem hath sprung Of Jesse’s lineage coming as prophets long have sung, It came a flow’ret bright Amid the cold of winter When half spent was the night. Isaiah ’twas foretold it The rose I have… Continue Reading “On the First Day of Christmas . . .”

What Is Your Heart’s Desire . . . Your Heart’s Delight?

Today’s Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 37. I’m pretty sure I’ve shared this before, but verses 4 and 5 have always spoken to me about something that is key in discerning what God is calling us to. We need to listen to our hearts.… Continue Reading “What Is Your Heart’s Desire . . . Your Heart’s Delight?”

Beauty is God’s Handwriting

I hope I never tire of being reminded at the closeness of God’s presence to us. And I hope that some good day, I will not need to be reminded, but find that presence in all its infinite manifestations. Today’s reminder comes from Ralph… Continue Reading “Beauty is God’s Handwriting”

Forever We Will Sing the Goodness of God

Today our responsorial psalm is Psalm 89, and we read: Blessed are the people who know the joyful shout; in the light of your countenance, O Lord, they walk. At your name they rejoice all the day and through your justice they are exalted.… Continue Reading “Forever We Will Sing the Goodness of God”