Wednesday, 23 December 2009

What Sweeter Music . . . .

My favourite Carol. Turn the lights down, sit back and relax . . . . .

What sweeter music can we bring
Than a carol, for to sing
The birth of this our heavenly King?
Awake the voice! Awake the string!

Dark and dull night, fly hence away,
And give the honor to this day,
That sees December turned to May.

Why does the chilling winter’s morn
Smile, like a field beset with corn?
Or smell like a meadow newly-shorn,
Thus, on the sudden? Come and see
The cause, why things thus fragrant be:
‘Tis He is born, whose quickening birth
Gives life and luster, public mirth,
To heaven, and the under-earth.

We see him come, and know him ours,
Who, with his sunshine and his showers,
Turns all the patient ground to flowers.
The darling of the world is come,
And fit it is, we find a room
To welcome him. The nobler part
Of all the house here, is the heart.

Which we will give him; and bequeath
This holly, and this ivy wreath,
To do him honour, who’s our King,
And Lord of all this revelling.

What sweeter music can we bring,
Than a carol for to sing
The birth of this our heavenly King?

Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

If you had the world's attention for 1 minute . . .

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Whereabouts of St Nick !

So you think St Nicholas, Bishop of Myra is buried in Myra don't you ? Well, you could be right and you could be wrong.

According to Philip Lynch, historian and chairman of Callan Heritage Society in Co Kilkenny, St Nicholas is buried at Jerpoint Abbey in County Kilkenny.

Don't believe me ? Take a look here biggora !

Monday, 21 December 2009

Richard Rohr : The Naked Now

I have been having a Blog free Advent and reading Richard Rohr's latest book "The Naked Now." Here's a few excerpts to whet your appetite !

Pg22 - In prayer, we merely keep returning the divine gaze and we become it’s reflection, almost in spite of ourselves. (2Cor 3:18)
The core task of all good spirituality is to teach us to co-operate with what God already wants to do and has already begun to do. (Rom 8:28)

Pg 29 - It is hardly an exaggeration to say that “us and them” seeing and the dualistic thinking that results, is the foundation of almost all discontent and violence in the world.

Pg 74 - Western culture is a can do – busy doing things, rather than prayer – an interior practice allowing the Divine Gaze to invade and heal our unconsciousness, the place where 95% of our motivation and reactions come from.

Pg 78 - The Gospel never record Jesus having a single pre-requisite for his healings; no affiliation with the right group, no moral worthiness, no attendance at the right temple, no o purity codes, nothing except desire itself.

Pg 88 - Anyone who is willing to take up the burden of the much more difficult task, not the manageable complexity of rules and regulations, but the unmanageable simplicity of being present to your life in love – that person is walking the path of Jesus

Pg 97 - Surely God does not exist so that we can think correctly about him or her. Amazingly and wonderfully, like all good parents, God desires instead the flourishing of what God created and what God loves – ourselves.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Your words are Spirit Lord . . . .

The Liverpool Archdiocesan Vicariate for Evangelisation with St.Cuthbert’s Catholic Community College, St.Helens, has produced a helpful and prayerful resource for Advent. It is called simply the “Sunday Gospel”.

For each Sunday of Advent and the Christmas season there is a reflective and prayerful version of the Gospel which can be viewed on an iphone, mp3 player or computer. Have a look. There is also a digital Advent Calendar—minus the chocolate, but filled with much tastier surprises. Click on the picture above or the banner on the right.