Day By Day


JOURNAL POSTINGS Tuesday 13 November 2018, Feria in Ordinary Time. From today's New Testament reading: '… Awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ'. The French poet, Charles Péguy, who was killed in the First World War, wrote these words: 'What surprises me, says God, is hope. /And I can't get over it. /This little hope who seems like nothing. /This little girl hope. /Immortal… /It's she, the little one, who carries them all. / Because Faith sees only what is. /But she, she sees what will be. /Charity loves only what is. /But she, she loves what will be'. It is remarkable that the poet uses only lower case letters for hope, whilst Faith and Charity have initial capital letters. He is making a point, perhaps, about the humility and littleness of hope. May we trust this hope, which is, in the words of S Paul, 'Christ in you, the hope of glory'. May He bless us this day.

Monday 12 November 2018, Feria in Ordinary Time. This stunning photograph of a river in Wales has been sent in to us - do enjoy it! It is a reminder of the 'living water' of the Gospel, which brings us to eternal life. Jesus said to the woman of Samaria, ' "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?" Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."' May we all drink deeply of the wells of salvation with joy in our heart, and may God bless you this day.

11 November 2018, Feria in Ordinary Time, and Remembrance Sunday. Today is the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War; we remember all who lost their lives in that terrible war, as well as those who have fought in the many conflicts since then, up till our own time. We pray especially for military chaplains, who often put their own lives at risk in the service of those in their care. Here is a prayer from the Roman Missal: 'O God, merciful and strong, who crush wars and cast down the proud, be pleased to banish violence swiftly from our midst and to wipe away all tears, so that we may all truly deserve to be called your children'. May peace once again reign in our world, and may God bless you and all whom you love.


©SBVM 2013