Friday Five – Volume 89

Friday Five-Mere Observations

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Autumn is, much like the spring, a season of transformation. Thus it has been for me. My oldest away at boot camp while I have a new job, new schedule, and am taking art lessons as well as having started running three times a week. I finally found an app worth paying for and shelled out $1.99 for the Couch to 5K app on my iPhone. (Their website says the app is also available for the Android system). So far I’m really enjoying it. As a former college athlete who was never mistaken for a runner I was still capable of running two miles in under 12 minutes. But that was over twenty years ago and decades of sitting behind a desk and becoming preoccupied with other things kept me pretty sedentary. I still have a goal of walking the Camino across northern Spain in three years. It’s time to get moving.

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Here’s my choice of “soundtrack” for you to listen to as you read the rest of this post. To be honest I haven’t been able to stop listening to it a few times per day.

It seems that the translation is difficult to find online, and the best I could find was on Orthodox Wiki. I do not know if this is the actual lyrics or not. I can’t get enough of that bass though. Glorious.

Before Thy Cross we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify. (Thrice)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
And Thy holy Resurrection we glorify.
Before Thy Cross we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify.

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One of the other changes to my schedule has been my re-enrollment in the King’s Men. I’ve pledged a visit at least once per week to the Pink Sisters chapel in the middle of Lincoln. I was a member years ago before my work schedule (and location) gave me an excuse to stop going. I went back a few hours after seeing my son off to boot camp. I returned again this week and found myself wondering how on earth I managed to stay away this long.

They pray for priests. They pray for God’s help and comfort following floods and earthquakes. They pray for an end to war. They pray for individuals who are sick or unemployed or mourning or spiritually lost. They uphold the Diocese of Lincoln and the universal Church in constant communion with the Lord.

Affectionately called “the Pink Sisters” in reference to their rose-colored robes that represent joy, these cloistered sisters came to the Diocese of Lincoln in 1973 at the invitation of Bishop Glennon P. Flavin.

The bishop gave up his own residence to serve as their convent. In 1980, he oversaw the construction of a chapel adjacent to the convent, the Eucharist Church of Christ the King.

I pray for many things while there. In particular this month I am reminded to pray for souls.

(for All Soul’s Day)

by Hilary M. Flanery

Yes, I know November
The tolling of the bell,
The whispers of the suf’ring souls
From mountain top to dell.

The chilly, gray, damp mornings
The rusting of the leaves,
The whispers of the suf’ring souls
Like moans from one who grieves.

And in the windy noon-time
When clouds fight ‘gainst sun’s might,
The whispers of the suf’ring souls
Cry, “Sanctuary light!”

So ‘fore the red-glassed candle,
Compelled I go to pray,
The whispers of the suf’ring souls
Plead, “Sacrifice today!”

Now deep, dark sanctuary
Is lit by candle bold,
The whispers of the suf’ring souls…
“Your prayers are autumn gold!”

So like the leaves of autumn
I fall to kneeling posture
The whispers of the suf’ring souls
Beg, “Say a Pater Noster!”

The flicker in the red glass
Burns hotter now with Creed.
Oh, yes, I know November!
The month of Hope…souls freed!

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Behold! The 100 Best Christian Books website.

I own or have read seven of the first ten, and fifteen of the top twenty-five. The list is pretty darned good I’d say, from Saint Augustine to Simone Weil. Compiled by judges for the Anglican newspaper Church Times, each book listed has a brief summary, author information and comments by the judges and contributors. It’s worth having a look.

— 5 —

I have so many video clips I’ve stored to share over the past few weeks that I briefly considered posting five videos today and calling it good. I’ve decided to same some for next week (or stand-alone posts) but am going to add one more here. In the book Keeping Company with Saint Ignatius the author speaks more than once about an alternative pilgrimage. Instead of walking the thousand year old Camino de Santiago which is becoming more and more overcrowded with pilgrims, he suggests walking the Ignatian Camino. This trek isn’t quite as long as the 800+km walk across Spain, but at 640km is still a good hike. As I’ve felt an ever-growing kinship with Íñigo López de Loyola and wish to avoid huge crowds I’m going to be doing more research on going this route instead. The Ignatian Way recreates the route that he took in 1522 from Loyola to Manresa.

There is a lot more information on the official website and the video below.


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