Saturday, April 21, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
And the rules are as follows:
1.) Thank the person that nominated you. (Thank you Katrina!)
2.)Answer 10 questions about yourself. (Here we go again. *sigh.* LOL)
3.)Write a post about it. (?...does this count as writing a post about it?)
4.) Pass it along to 10 other people. (Um...yeah.That might not work out. :-)
Friday, April 6, 2012
"How much do you love the world, Oh God?" He answered,
"Sing my tongue, the Saviour's glory;
Tell His triumph far and wide;
Tell aloud the famous story
Of His Body crucified'
How upon the cross a Victim,
Vanquishing in death, He died.
Eathing of the tree forbidden,
Man had sunk in Satan's snare,
When his pitying Creator
Did this second tree prepare,
Destined, many ages later,
That first evil to repair.
Sweet the nails...
Such the order God appointed
When for sin He would atone;
To the serpent thus opposing
Schemes yet deeper than his own:
Thence the remedy procuring
Whence the fatal wound had come.
So when now at length the fulness
Of the sacred time drew nigh,
Then the Son who moulded all things
Left His Father's throne on high.
From a Virgin's Womb appearing,
Clothed in our mortality.
Sweet the Nails...
All within a lowly manger,
Lo, a tender babe He lies!
See His gentle Virgin mother
Lull to sleep His infant cries;
While the limbs of God Incarnate
Round with swathing bands she ties.
Thus did Christ to perfect manhood
In our mortal flesh attain:
Then of His free choice He goeth
To a death of bitter pain;
And as a lamb, upon the alter
Of the Cross for us is slain.
Sweet the Nails...
Lo, with gall His thirst He quenches:
See the thorns upon His brows,
Nails His tender flesh are rending:
See His side is open now,
Whence to cleanse the whole creation
Streams of blood and water flow.
Lofty Tree, bend down thy branches
To embrace thy sacred loas;
Oh, relax the native tension
Of that all too rigid wood:
Gently, gently bear the members
Of thy dying King and God.
Sweet the Nails..
Tree which soley wast found worthy
Earth's great victim to sustain
Harbour from the raging tempest,
Ark, that saved the world again,
Tree with sacred blood anointed
Of the Lamb for sinners slain.
Honour, blessing everlasting
To the immortal Deity:
To the Father, Son and Spirit,
Equal praises ever be:
Glory through the earth and Heaven
To the Trinity in Unity.
Sweet the Nails"
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Caryll Houselander sounded like an amazing women from everything I've read about here. During and after the War, she worked as a councilor and therapist for those children that were emotionally shattered by the war. She did this dispite a complete lack of formal training and her success was commented on by a well-know psychologist who remarked that she simply 'loved them into health.'
'This War is the Passion' is a very beautifully written, some parts are so poigant that I cry, but it still is very real, very applicable to normal, everyday lives. Sometimes it's hard, when we read a spiritual book, to take what is said and imitate it. It seems beyond us. But this book is especially written for the average person and takes into consideration the hectic days that most people have for a life and how to still pray, still grow closer to God and most importantly, to remember that what we do to any person in the world, we do to God.
It goes through the Passion of our Lord in a 'Then and Now' way, which is very good. It is easy to forget that the Passion wasn't just an event that happened two thousand years ago, but it is a living thing that goes on an on in the Church. It is beautiful. And it's not a sad, depressing book as you might think from the title. It's almost more a 'battle cry' type book, a rally for Catholics. It's was written to give consolation and help to all the people confused and frightened durning the war. It helps gives depth and value to suffering. She finishes the book with the Resurrection of Our Lord. Here's a section from the end that I love:
"Easter then is truly the resurrection of the children of God, because they are to live His life, the life that has overcome sorrow and death. There is no longer anything in life that can over defeat the joy of the human heart, not even sin, for sin it is that wounds the world as the nails wounded Christ. And when the sharpest grief of all wounds a man- sorrow for sin- that evil thin falls away as the ugliness and torment of death fell away from Christ; the but wound remains as his wounds remained when, alone with His Father in that secret daybreak of Easter, He lifted His hands as they had been lifted upon the cross, and God saw the Light of the world in five stars, two that shone from Christ's feet in the dust, two that shone from His hands in supplication, one that burnt from the heart of the risen world."
*Sniff* Isn't that lovely?
So there. I know that not everyone is moved by the same things, and what is inspiration for one person may not be for another, but I can't recommend 'This War is the Passion' enough. There truly seems to be something in it for everyone.
God Bless. I hope you all have a good rest of Lent. I am not planning on doing any Easter themed posts like I did last year, but if you want to take a look at that old stuff, here is the page. :-)
Oh and one more thing. This song seems very Lent-ish to me. I think it's suppose to be a Christmas song, actually, but it always reminds me of Lent. Anyway. It's beautiful and I hope you enjoy it.