April 2006 Archives (25)

To Write Something

To write something and leave it behind us, It is but a dream. When we awake we know There is not even anyone to read it. — Ikkyu [via] The same day I read Owen’s pondering over the lack of comments on deeply personal posts (plus his follow-up), I came across the koan above. My […]

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Second Servant Song

Hear me, O coastlands, listen, O distant peoples. The LORD called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name. He made of me a sharp-edged sword and concealed me in the shadow of his arm. He made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me. You are my servant, […]

Catholic Carnival #73

Seventy-three men sailed up from the San Francisco Bay Rolled off of their ship, and here’s what they had to say “We’re callin’ everyone to ride along to another shore We can laugh our lives away and be free once more” But no one heard them callin’, no one came at all ‘Cause they were […]

Rare Time

Tomorrow, at two minutes and three seconds after one o’clock, the digital time and date will be: 1:02:03 on 04/05/06

Third Servant Song

The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, That I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear; And I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my […]

Poem of Love

O GOD, I love Thee for Thyself, And not that I may Heaven gain, Nor because those who love Thee not, Must suffer Hell’s eternal pain. Thou O my Jesus! Thou didst me Upon the Cross embrace; For me didst bear the nails and spear, And manifold disgrace; And griefs and torments numberless, And sweat […]

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Fourth Servant Song

See also First, Second and Third Servant Songs. See, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high and greatly exalted. Even as many were amazed at him— so marred was his look beyond that of man, and his appearance beyond that of mortals— So shall he startle many nations, because of him kings shall […]

Stabat Mater

At the Cross her station keeping Stood the mournful Mother weeping Close to Jesus to the last Through her heart, His sorrow sharing All His bitter anguish bearing Now at length the sword has passed Oh how sad and sore distressed Was that Mother highly blest Of the sole begotten One Christ above in torment […]

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Palm Sunday

“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” (John 12:13) Compare Palm Sunday with Easter Sunday. The praise and glory the world gives is fickle and temporary. There is a lot of noise and flash, pomp and circumstance. The energy is directed externally, flowing outward like a shout, and disipates. It is […]

Christ Bearer

Father said at Mass that the only creature that knew it was not being cheered for during Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday was the donkey. The donkey knew its place as Bearer of Christ. We too are called to be Bearer of Christ. We are called to be like the donkey, and not […]

In Solidarity

“In support of human dignity and the rights of immigrants, with and without documents.” — April 10 Mobilization. [via]  

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What is Truth?

Julie had a copy of this painting at right in a post yesterday. It is called “Quod Est Veritas?” (What is truth?) by Nikolas Gay, 1890. Notice how the light is shining on Pilate and Jesus is in the shadows. My first thought was that it should be the other way around, but it’s not. […]

Via Crucis #10

Jesus is stripped of His garments. At the end of the long, crueling walk through the streets and crowds, out the city gates and up the hill of Golgatha under the weight of the heavy Cross, Jesus stands alone one last time before His moment of glory. The soldiers hastily remove his clothing, reopening the […]

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The Catechism Blog

There is a new group weblog starting up called the Catholic Catechism Dialogue Blog. The purpose of this weblog is to open a forum for reflection and discussion on the CCC by a group of Catholic contributing writers, of which I am fortunate to be a member. The plan is to read through the Catechism […]


Are you glad Jesus died for you? Are you gald that Jesus was arrested, humilated, beatened, scourged, forced to carry his final means of torture and death, stripped naked, nailed to the Cross, and hung up to die a slow, agonizing death before a crowd cheering for Him to die? I am. I know that […]

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Arise, My Love

Sin, where are your shackles? Death, where is your sting? Hell has been defeated. The grave could not hold the King. — “Arise, My Love” by Newsong

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The Fourth Day

The Jerusalem Cross has four smaller crosses around a large central cross. The five crosses represent the five wounds of Christ. When the large cross represents Christ, the four smaller crosses can represent many things—the four Gospels by the four Evangelists; the mission to spread the Good News to the four corners of the world; […]

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We Remember

We remember the 168 victims (149 adults and 19 children), the survivors (30 children were orphaned), and their families of the Oklahoma City Bombing at 9:02 am on April 19, 1995. Our prayers go out for you. We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all […]

There is a Moment…

There is a moment in each day that Satan cannot find. — William Blake I saw this quote today. My mind searched for a specific time or label for this moment in each day. I was tempted to answer, “Now. Now, the present moment, is the moment Satan cannot find.” Many of the saints, and […]

All I Have

all i have is this moment here now in this place that is my heart will i unwrap today? this gift inside my heart? tomorrow—darkness yesterday—darkness HERE NOW LIGHT who will tend this blossom? who will till the soil? the soil in my heart? ten thousand flowers ten thousand awakenings ten thosuand songs here now […]

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Bird Flu

Did you hear about the Pope? A recent Zenit report has announced the Pope may have contracted the Bird Flu. His doctors report that he is a little weak but his spirits are good. Prayers are needed for his swift and complete recovery. Health officials believe he may have caught it from a cardinal.

For My Students

I found this image from this week’s list at PostSecret. I wish I had sent it in for my students. (But then again, I really don’t want it to be a secret.) This is for A., K., P., E., L., S., J., C., R., B., G., D., O., T., M., V., G., N., F., Y., […]

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Paperclip Campaign

This week is the national week for the Days of Remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust. As a way to remember them, and to remember all victims of terrorism and hate crimes, wear a paperclip on your collar this week! A few years ago, a grass roots campaign was started by Sharyn Markus, a […]

For all you people who say…

I was cleaning out some old files and ran across this. I do not know the author. I did a few minor edits. For all you people who say “I love you” when you have no clue what love is exactly. Something to ponder upon… Are your palms sweaty, is your heart racing and is […]