Day By Day


JOURNAL POSTINGS Friday 17 November 2017. Today we keep the Optional Memoria of S Margaret of Scotland. Here is an extract from her 'Life', by Turgot, Bishop of S Andrews: 'We need not wonder that Queen Margaret governed herself and her household wisely when we know that she herself acted always under the wisest of masters, the guidance of the holy scriptures. … Let me speak first of all about her prayerfulness. In church no one was so silent and composed as she, no one so rapt in prayer. Whilst she was in the house of God she would never speak of worldly matters or do anything which savoured of the earth; she was there simply to pray, and in praying, to pour forth her tears … She was near to God, for in the purity of her prayer she sought nothing but God'. As we pray for the people of Scotland today, may S Margaret pray for us, and watch over us in our prayer. God bless you.

Thursday 16 November 2017, S Gertrude, Memoria. Rightly called 'Gertrude the Great', her prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory is good to pray in this month of November: 'Eternal Father, I offer You the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, for those in my own home, and in my family. Amen'. Living in the thirteenth century, this Benedictine nun was one of the earliest to promote devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, at the Lord's own instigation. May she pray for us in the Heart of Jesus, and may God bless you this day.

Wednesday 15 November 2017, Feria in Ordinary time. Here, the moon was setting in the west as the sun was rising over in the east. The book of Genesis tells us: 'And God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth." And it was so. And God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; he made the stars also'. We give thanks for the beauty of creation, surrounding us at all times. May God bless you.

Tuesday 14 November 2017, Feria in Ordinary Time. One morning early, after a frosty night, this fox was out seeing what there might be in the way of sustenance. In monastic life, after the Holy Eucharist, the main source of spiritual sustenance is Sacred Scripture. In today's Gospel, we find this: 'Take heed to yourselves'. These four short words provide a spiritual way that is practical and sure, as these lines from the book of Proverbs show: 'Keep your heart with all vigilance; for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Take heed to the path of your feet, then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil'. These words have a profoundly Benedictine 'feel' to them. May we put their wisdom into practice in our daily lives, and may God bless you this day.

Monday 13 November 2017, Feria in Ordinary time. Here, the sun is just about visible in the stormy sky. Often, this can be our everyday experience: that in times of darkness, the Light of Christ is present but barely seen. Hope, the anchor of the soul, with faith in what is unseen, brings us through in the way of love. May God bless you and keep you close to Himself this day.


©SBVM 2013