Please fast and pray every Thursday for the renewal of the Catholic Church in America. Please note: The Cybersociety will fast on Fridays beginning January 2013, in accordance with ancient custom.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Psalm 12

"Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan,
I will now arise," says the Lord.
"I will place him in the safety for which he longs."
The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure...
(Psalm 12:5-6)

Catholics and Protestants now seen to be following the same numbering system, but what is Psalm 12 to us was Psalm 11 to Cassiodorus (c.487-c.580):  "It is certain that the sons of men can be freed by the power of the Lord. Then, since the strength of the number eleven, to which this psalm is assigned, is acknowledged as revealing to us a sign of the gospel, let us beg the Father of the household in His great mercy to admit us into the vineyard even at the eleventh hour, so that He may deign to bestow on our actions a reward not due to us, but gratuitous." (Cassiodorus, Explanation of the Psalms)

Friday, April 27, 2018

4th Week of Easter

"If these are the first fruits, what will the full harvest be? If this is the pledge,
 what will perfection be?"  -- St. Basil the Great

Friday, March 30, 2018

Good Friday

"All passes away. In the evening of life, only love  remains."
--Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, O.C.D. (1880-1906)

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Holy Thursday

I will lift up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord (Ps. 116)

I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it new with you in the kingdom of my Father. (Matt. 26:29)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tuesday of Holy Week

God is a strange lover...He stalks the soul with sorrows...
He blots the sun that could make her vision dim...
He robs and breaks and destroys.
Then he comes and there is nothing left...
But him and her love of him.
Not till the great rebellions die and her will is safe in his hands forever
Does he open the door of light.

(Jessica Powers, "God is a Strange Lover")

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Lent, from the Office of Readings

"...acknowledge your how far you have fallen."
--St. Gregory Nazianzen

Friday, February 23, 2018

Lent II

It will no longer do to hide,
To cover, to conceal,
To pretend to be building anything
Except a house of sin
Over a cellar of disordered love.

Only the bare bones can stay now
In mercy's clearing...
While still there is a recognizable heart,
Boneclean barrenness alone
Can look to spring.
--"Winterset" by Gervase Toelle, O. Carm. (1921-1967)