Saturday, April 7, 2012

Cardinal O'Brien: Christians should wear crosses

Cardinal O'Brien exhorts Christians to wear crosses :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Ah, a good Scottish lad!

Pax et bonum

Good Friday on Good Friday

The Good Looking One and I went down to the Abbey of the Genesee (the home of Monks' Bread), a Trappist monastery south of Rochester, for the Good Friday service.

The chapel part for non-monks is small, and always packed, so we got there early. And, yes, we did go into the gift shop before it closed, purchasing some bread, and two books (gotta get rid of 4 books now!).

The service was lovely, deeply moving. The sounds of chant, the obvious devotion not only of the monks but of the people gathered (including children), the stone and wood of the chapel, all helped to make for a spiritually moving service.

After feeling let down by my laxity during Lent, Friday gave me the spiritual jolt I needed.

Thank you, Lord.

I even got inspired by one of the monks to scribble a slugku. The monk, a more senior fellow who was obviously having a hard time getting about, prior to the service was prone to vocalizing.

a slug among weeds
listened to a mumbling monk
disavow silence

Pax et bonum

Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday thought

I need the shadows of Good Friday to appreciate the full possibilities of the Easter mystery. The most distant object I can see on a clear day is the sun. But on a dark night I can see the stars, millions of miles farther away. - (author unknown)

Pax et bonum

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lent is spent

Holy Thursday. We've come to the end of Lent, and now embark on the Triduum.

It has not been a good Lent for me.

I had a few spiritual things I wanted to do. I managed to stick to some of them (one barely), but failed in the rest.

So I come to the end of Lent feeling I've fallen short.

I even went to confession just the other day, and found myself today in a conversation slipping again on one of the things I confessed.

The Divine Mercy Novena begins tomorrow. I'll do that for the good of my soul and to make up for some of the things I felt short on this Lent.

And some of the things I fell short on, I can still do them - they are not linked to Lent.

Pax et bonum