In November as I sat in a Newark airport at a crowded gate, across
from me was a dark-skinned man in a turban, a Sikh. Suddenly he left.
When he reappeared, he was pushing an elderly woman in a wheelchair,
which he parked by me. Her husband sat on the other side of the empty
chair beside me. The four of us chatted, and I gestured to the Sikh that
he sit in the empty chair. He shook his head, probably because he was
thoughtfully leaving it for someone else. Shortly, a Black woman dressed
elegantly for a funeral sat in the chair.
The woman in the wheelchair asked the Sufi if he were a doctor. He
was. She said she thought so because of his kindness. He explained that
in his religion when someone was in need, you must act to help. It has
to be so much a part of you that you don’t think twice. You respond
spontaneously. And then you don’t reflect on your good deed later, or
you will get a swelled ego! Boarding the plane, I glanced back and the
Sikh gave me a thumbs-up. Click to continue
This popular prayer, a favorite of many Catholics, dates back to the 15th century and takes its name from the first Latin word of the prayer, "memorare," which means "remember." The Memorare is of unknown authorship, although it has been attributed to St. Augustine (354-430), St. John Chrysostom (c. 347-407) and, with more reason, to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (c. 1090-1153). St. Bernard's sermons on Mary were famous, and it was his Cistercian monks in the monastery of Citeaux in the 12th century who popularized the name "Our Lady" for Mary. The Memorare has also been attributed to the French cleric Claude Bernard (1588-1641), known as the "poor priest" of Paris, whose homilies contain passages that echo its words. No matter who wrote this prayer, it was Father Bernard who did much to popularize it, teaching it in hospitals and prisons, where Mary's intercession was effective in working miracles of grace. The first manuscript of the Memorare a…
I recently received the gift of tickets to see Andre Rieu. The concert isn’t scheduled for another six months so I've stored the tickets away until I need them. Imagine if I lose them!
Or if I forget I even had them! I will never experience the true joy the gift was intended to bring me. Nor could I genuinely show appreciation to my generous gift giver. God has provided us with spiritual gifts with which to live the spiritual life.
Over the next 7 months, the 10 Minute Daily Retreat will reflect on 7 of these gifts; one every month.
In June, we will reflect on the gift of Wisdom.
'Don't turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you.' Proverbs 4:6 Join us on our journey! Reflections can be sent by email. Details on:
My life never really went along as planned. When I was a young, unbaptized woman, I wasn’t sure I wanted to get married and I certainly wasn’t going to have children!
After my conversion to the Catholic faith, I got married and we had three children. I was a stay-at-home mom for 25 years when I decided it was time to return to work. I got a job in retail during the Christmas holiday (which nearly killed my Christmas spirit!).
You can read my very first post at CatholicMom.com here.