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Our Lady of the Snows
December 6, 2011
Van Gogh – Wheatfield with Crows (10 July 1890)
August 31, 2011
Sometimes When There Are No Words …
July 12, 2010
… Music speaks for us.
Please Listen: (Adagio for Strings – Samuel Barber)
I think of you when I see crape myrtles
July 12, 2010
Lacrimosa – Day of Tears
July 11, 2010
From Zbigniew Preisner’s Requiem for my friend
Lacrimosa die illa
Qua resurget ex favilla
Judicandus homo reus
Huic ergo parce, Deus
Pie Jesu Domine
Dona eis requiem.
Ah! That day of tears and mourning!
From the dust of earth returning
Man for judgment must prepare him
Spare, oh God, in mercy spare him!
Lord, all pitying, Jesu blest
Grant them Thine eternal rest.
Help Haitian Earthquake Victims
January 13, 2010
Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours
Patronne de Haïti
Priez pour vos enfants Hatian.
Please donate to Catholic Relief Services here.
October 30, 2009
June 7, 2009
Learning to forgive those who have caused us irreparable harm can be one of the hardest things to do in life. But with God’s grace, it can be done, even after many years of suffering. It’s liberating to let go of the hurt and anger, even if those who have hurt us refuse to recognize the harm they’ve caused. But in forgiving them, we reclaim our power and refuse to be victims any longer. And as the Good Book says: Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those … you know the rest.
But learning to forgive yourself? Now that’s a different story. That’s a horse of a different color. That’s a hard pill to swallow.
But why shouldn’t we give ourselves the same gift we give to others when we forgive their trespasses against us? After all, what’s done is done. We can’t go back. If we could, we would all have done some things differently, but that is not an option. But we can grow spiritually from our mistakes, and become compassionate towards others who who fallen by the side of the road. Especially those who have made the same mistakes that we made. And we can even try to help others not to make those same mistakes. But if they do, as some inevitably will, we can be there for them to help them heal and grow, and learn to forgive themselves. We can reclaim our long lost innocence and become healing angels.
And best of all, we become less judgmental of our fellow human beings, knowing that we also needed God’s forgiveness. We recognize how easy it is to take a wrong turn in life and end up all alone, wounded and bleeding by the side of the road. But we’re really not all alone after all, since God is always with us. And in a special way, the masses of wounded souls who plod along with heavy crosses are also with us in spirit. We’re the ones Christ came to die for; we’re even the ones He hung out with. We’re the Magdelenes, ever grateful for that second chance.
And we will not be judged. Nor will we judge. We will only love and offer compassion. And empathy. And forgiveness.
We have forgiven ourselves.
We are free.