Crushed, Pressed

by Daniel Murphy on April 9, 2007

by Daniel Murphy (for Jesus Crucified, Who loved us until the end composed before the Blessed Sacrament on Holy Thursday, April 5, 2007) The discerning winemaker eyes His choicest grapes-ruddy, round, robust, And admires a cluster of sunlighted promise, Taking them gently in hand, plucking them from the vine. The diligent winemaker crushes His choicest […]

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Rome, Apr 2, 2007 / 09:32 am (CNA).- As anticipated, the Diocese of Rome officially concluded its investigation into the life, virtues and fame of sanctity of Servant of God John Paul II with a ceremony at midday today, in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. The conclusion of the diocesan investigation is the first […]

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One Step Enough Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom, Lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home; Lead Thou me on! Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see the distant scene; One step enough for me. —first stanza of John Henry Newman’s “Lead Kindly Light” […]

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The Inner—paints the Outer— The Brush without the Hand— Its Picture publishes—precise— As is the inner Brand. —Emily Dickinson, #451 Dickinson’s poem reminds us that what we do (“Outer”) arises from what we are (“Inner”). Only people of duplicity appear other than they are. People of integrity strive to match outer and inner. Fundamental to […]

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I might adapt the famous phrase to say, without a vision, the person perishes. There’s a basic truth here: We are capable of and, in a sense, made to direct our capacities of body, mind, and spirit towards “ends,” things we perceive to be ultimately good. Discovering this dimension of purpose and vision requires calm […]

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