I sing this to my boy at bedtime

Fairest Lord Jesus
King of creation,
Son of God and Mary’s Son:
Thee will I cherish,
Thee will I honour,
Thee are my soul’s delight and crown.

Fair are the meadows
Fair are the woodlands,
In the garb of verdant spring.
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer,
He makes the saddest heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine,
Fair is the moonlight,
Bright the stars that gem the sky:
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer,
Than all the hosts of God on high.

Fairest Lord Jesus,
King of creation,
Son of God and Mary’s Son:
Glory and honour,
Praise, adoration,
Ever be Thing, and
Thine alone.


A hymn to accompany you in your day’s work

Forth in your name, O Lord, I go,
my daily labour to pursue,
you, Lord, alone resolved to know,
in all I think, or speak, or do.

Each task your wisdom has assigned
still let me cheerfully fulfil,
in all my works your presence find,
and prove your good and perfect will.

You may I set at my right hand,
whose eyes my inmost substance view,
and labour on at your command,
and offer all my works to you.

Give me to bear your easy yoke,
and every moment watch and pray,
and still to things eternal look,
and hasten to your glorious day;

for you delightfully employ
all that your bounteous grace has given,
and run my course with even joy
and closely walk with you to heaven.

(TIS 571)

Forgiveness and fathers

How do we forgive our Fathers?
Maybe in a dream
Do we forgive our Fathers for leaving us too often or forever
when we were little?

Maybe for scaring us with unexpected rage
or making us nervous
because there never seemed to be any rage there at all.

Do we forgive our Fathers for marrying or not marrying our Mothers?
For Divorcing or not divorcing our Mothers?

And shall we forgive them for their excesses of warmth or coldness?
Shall we forgive them for pushing or leaning
for shutting doors
for speaking through walls
or never speaking
or never being silent?

Do we forgive our Fathers in our age or in theirs
or their deaths
saying it to them or not saying it?

If we forgive our Fathers what is left?

– D. Lourie


On Feminism

“Feminism is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands.” G.K. Chesterton


Heart matters

‘The Heart open to God, purified by contemplation of God, is stronger than guns and weapons of every kind. The fiat of Mary [“Let it be to me according to your word”], the word of her heart, has changed the history of the world, because it brought the Saviour into the world—because, thanks to her ‘Yes’, God could become man in our world and remains so for all time. The Evil One has power in this world, as we see and experience continually; he has power because our freedom continually lets itself be led away from God. But since God himself took a human heart and has thus steered human freedom towards what is good, the freedom to choose evil no longer has the last word. From that time forth, the word that prevails is this: “In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart; I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33).’

Joseph Ratzinger


Do you know what you are asking for?

‘Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”

“What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”

“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

“We can,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”

When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”’

Mark 10: 35-45


This doesn’t come naturally


‘We do not live for ourselves alone in this mortal body, doing things only to serve ourselves, but we also live for all people on earth. In fact, we live only for others and not for ourselves. That is why we discipline our body, so that we can sincerely and freely serve others… Therefore, it is not possible for us ever to be idle in this life and not to serve our neighbours.’

WA 7:64 (The Freedom of a Christian, 1520); see LW 31: 364