A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? Quem patronum rogaturus? Cum vix iustus sit securus?
Recordare, Iesu pie, Quod sum causa tuae viae: Ne me perdas illa die...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

"Come, let us bow down in worship...

"...let us kneel before the LORD who made us.

"For He is our God,
and we are the people He shepherds,
the flock He guides.

"Oh, that today you would hear His voice:
'Harden not your hearts...'"

(from today's Responsorial Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

5 year-old boy sent away by parents

Why? Partly for his education, partly because of his parents’ ambition, and also perhaps partly out of guilt.

Then, when he went to college, the young man rejected the plans of his rich, ambitious parents and joined a new religious group of panhandlers.

His parents had him kidnapped and attempted to "deprogram" him. After a couple of years, they gave up. He went back to college and his religious "family" of beggars.

He eventually got a teaching position and his entire life became devoted to teaching, writing, and praying.

Then suddenly, one day in his late forties, he gave up everything except prayer. He died the next year.

In his relatively short life, however, the little rich boy turned beggar and teacher had already made quite a name for himself.

In his short life, Kings and Popes had sought his advice, so great was his reputation for wisdom.

Even after his short life, religious orders fought over his body, so great was his reputation for holiness.

The body of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor, perhaps the greatest of all Christian theologians and philosophers, was finally interred in a church belonging to his fellow Dominicans on this very day in 1369, 94 years after his death and 42 years after his canonization.

(from a previous post)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Your ways, O LORD, make known to me

Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.

Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your love are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
because of your goodness, O LORD.

Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice
and teaches the humble his way.

(Today's Responsorial Psalm - 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

What's a body to do?

The body is not for immorality,
but for the Lord,
and the Lord is for the body....

Avoid immorality....

....glorify God in your body.

(from today's Epistle: 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20)