The Silent Love of God

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. ~Isaiah 53:7 For many of us, the apparent silence of God is confusing or frustrating, and weContinue reading “The Silent Love of God”

Hymns and Antiphons to the Virgin Mary

I fell a tad ill the past week, and thus sleeping cut into writing time. In lieu, therefore, of an original post, I am sharing some hymns and antiphons to our Mother Mary. Lately I’ve been praying (or singing, if I can figure out a melody) one of the hymns each morning to start myContinue reading “Hymns and Antiphons to the Virgin Mary”

Reflexions on Mary, Mother of All the Living

Like many Protestant converts, devotion to the Virgin Mary and deep friendship with Her has been a struggle for me. At the same time, amid many questions and doubts, God has since before my Confirmation given me a desire to know and love Her as my spiritual Mother, and He has only increased this. MaryContinue reading “Reflexions on Mary, Mother of All the Living”

Three Poems for the Weary Soul

Christ the Morning Star1 Gently Thou wakest me, adrift on seas of mist; a firm hand to my healing shoulder, a soft touch to my flushed cheek. Though I long to remain on the empty night— no stars, no moon, no wind to guide me elsewhere— Thou speakest thus kindly: Awake, my friend! A newContinue reading “Three Poems for the Weary Soul”

In the Garden of the Soul

Due to travelling and a wedding, I was not able to write a blog post last week. The question is, what were you doing instead of reading my blog? There are many more excellent things to do, and I pray that this blog does indeed inspire you to go and do them: to read aContinue reading “In the Garden of the Soul”

The Condescension of Divine Love

O Lord, blessed be Thy Name: Who, ineffable, perfect, give us to know Thee as Father; though of Heaven, make in us Thy hiding place and home; though transcendent, magnify Thy glory, making us Thy servants; and Who, King of the universe, reign as love in men’s hearts, and raise him of dust to theContinue reading “The Condescension of Divine Love”

The Gifts of the Lady Galadriel: A Meditation on Pentecost

Here follows a meditation on Pentecost, when God bestowed the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, through the lens of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings—in particular the chapter of the Lady Galadriel’s giving of gifts to the Fellowship of the Ring. This I began with ardour and undertook with caution in mind,Continue reading “The Gifts of the Lady Galadriel: A Meditation on Pentecost”

A Prayer to Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

O Burning Bush of Light so pure, pray, I pray, that I not endure from afar the fiery Love Thou bearest,but in Thy sorrowful Heart may rest. When suffer I this life’s great trials, and battle against the devil’s guiles,may I the world’s pleasures forsake,an act of reparation to maketo Thy sword-pierced Heart, O gentleContinue reading “A Prayer to Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary”

Hope in Love: A Reflexion on the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

On Wednesday I wrote a blog post about God’s Divine Mercy, Its feast day on the Sunday after Easter, and the novena leading up to the feast. So continuing this theme I want to write a reflexion on the chaplet of Divine Mercy which Jesus gave to St. Faustina. This chaplet is often prayed withContinue reading “Hope in Love: A Reflexion on the Chaplet of Divine Mercy”