Sunday, May 12, 2013

Earnestly desiring stillness...

Seventh Sunday of Easter
OR Ascension of Our Lord* 
*All worldwide and ecclesiastical U.S. provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia and the state of Nebraska retained this celebration Thursday, May 9, while all other U.S. provinces have transferred the Solemnity to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 12.

Maiden Meditation, Charles West Cope (1847)
"When Holy Mass is properly celebrated there are moments in which the voices of both priest and faithful become silent. ...

That stillness proper to the most beautiful things in existence dominates, a quiet area of attentiveness in which the beautiful and truly important reign.  We must earnestly desire stillness and be willing to give something for it; then it will be ours.  Once we have experienced it, we will be astounded that we were able to live without it. ...

If someone were to ask me what the liturgical life begins with, I should answer:  with learning stillness.  Without it, everything remains superficial, vain. "

Romano Guardini
Preparing Yourself for Mass*
*32 holy mediations guaranteed to help you pray better, pay closer attention,
and grow more reverent during Mass... no matter where, when or how it is celebrated
 (Excerpt from Chapter 1)
Blessed Mother’s Day to all!
First Steps ~ Van Gogh
"A partnership with God is motherhood.
What beauty, what love, what self control
Must belong to her who helps God
fashion an immortal soul!" (Author Unknown)


  1. What a beautiful meditation on stillness...I have been following along and your words never cease to inspire. Fortunately, we celebrated Ascension Thursday last Thursday here in Philadelphia.

    Have a blessed week.

  2. Aside form the Ascension - so much ahead in this merry, merry Month of May and Mary - For instance - Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Pentecost, Solemnity of the Holy Trinity and so many celebrations of the holy sacraments - Baptisms, First Reconciliation and Communion, Confirmation, Holy Matrimony - and Holy Orders!! So much to celebrate - Graces to you in abundance, Theresa of Philadelphia! It's great to live and share Catholicism!

  3. Truth is beauty - beauty is truth! The sure joys of our faith!!