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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mystical Euphony

     We lingered after Mass today and sang some Holy Week chants and rounds. The acoustics of the empty church added a mystical euphony to our spontaneous chorus. Then we took a walk by the river as chilly April showers evaporated into misty golden rays of sun. Later, while washing dinner dishes, I was pleasantly surprised by the memory of how my Papi used to sing while he was washing the dishes.
     Sometimes he sang camping songs, or old folksongs from Puerto Rico. Sometimes he sang hymns. My Mom sang along with him. They shared a warm and loving harmony in song as in life. Pretty soon we'd all join in. We'd make up silly verses or invent new variations on the melodies. We laughed alot. It is a sweet memory. I am grateful that this joyful tradition is still alive in my family. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Heaven's Response~Blessed are Ye

Heaven's response
to accusation is Compassion
to hatred is Love
to degradation is Humility
to ridicule is Mercy
to cruelty is Kindness
to wrongdoing is Forgiveness
to vulgarity is Modesty
to provocation is Peace
to greed is Generosity
to fear is Calm
to anger is Joy
   Among my dear Papi's favorite prayers was "The Prayer of Saint Francis". This snowy Spring scene reminded me of him...

    "And in fine, be ye all of one mind, having compassion on of another, being lovers of the brotherhood, merciful, modest, humble. Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but contrawise, blessing for unto this are you called that you may inherit a blessing. For he that will love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips that they speak no guile. Let him decline from evil and do good. Let him seek after peace and pursue it. Because the eyes of the Lord are upon the just and His ears unto their prayers. But the countenance of the Lord upon them that do evil things. And who is he that can hurt you, if you be zealous of good? But if also you suffer any thing for justice sake, blessed are ye. And be not afraid of their fear. But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every on that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you." 
1 Peter 3:8-15 
Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible
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