Sunday, February 10, 2008

Daily Dose of Discernment: 2/10/08

He said 'If these were silent the very stones would cry out.' With these words He called up all the wealth of artistic creation that has been founded on this creed. With those words He founded Gothic architecture. For in a town like this, which seems to have grown Gothic as a wood grows leaves -- anywhere and anyhow -- any odd brick or moulding may be carved off into a shouting face. The front of vast buildings is thronged with open mouths, angels praising God, or devils defying Him. Rock itself is racked and twisted, until it seems to scream. The miracle is accomplished; the very stones cry out.
-- G. K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
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Let all creatures bless you, O Lord, since you are the salvation of all of us. Let your angels bless you, they who are ever valiant executors of your orders, let your armies bless you, as well as your ministers, always ready to follow your instructions. Let all your created works praise you, all over the horizon, as far as your empire stretches out, and together with them, let my soul praise you too. It is said, in Psalm 96, at the very beginning, Oh sing unto the Lord a new song, and indeed your greatness is so special that it deserves to be praised by a new language, a new music, a new song. Your arm became our salvation, your Word became our Jesus. Your very power, your right hand, your strong fortress and castle, became for us a sweet and helpful medicine. You brought your Son Jesus in front of all of us, as our salvation, and by it you made your cause acceptable and accepted by everybody. No one will complain that you let us fall in the past, since you helped so much to retrieve and save us from such an ancient fall. There was guilt, yet the medicine was all-powerful. We may even say that it was a happy sin, since it brought for us the salvation of our Jesus.
-- Luis de León, O.S.A., The Names of Christ, from Classics of Western Spirituality, Manuel Durán and William Kluback, Paulist Press, 1984, 370.

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