MONDAY THE FOURTEENTH OF MAY, 2018
O Lord Jesus, I adore you, son of Mary, my saviour and my brother, for you are God. I follow you in my thoughts, O first-fruits of our race, as I hope one day by your grace to follow you in my person into heavenly glory. In the meantime, do not let me neglect the earthly task that you have given me. Let me labour diligently all my life with a greater appreciation for the present. May I true human fulfilment in this life and divine fulfilment when I ascend to you at the completion of my work. Amen.
( "New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book" altered )
A hymn of glory let us sing, new songs throughout the world shall ring;
Christ, by a road before untrod, ascends up to the throne of God.
The holy apostolic band upon the Mount of Olives stand
and with his followers, they see Jesus’ resplendent majesty.
To whom the angels drawing nigh, "Why stand and gaze upon the sky?"
"This is the Saviour," thus they say. "This is his noble triumph day.
Again you shall behold him so, as you have today seen him go
in glorious pomp ascending high, up to the portals of the sky.
O grant us thitherward to tend and with unwearied hearts ascend
unto your kingdom’s throne, where thou, as is our faith, are seated now.
Be you our joy and strong defence, who are our future recompense;
so shall the light that springs from thee be ours through all eternity,
O risen Christ, ascended Lord, all praise to thee let earth accord,
who are, while endless ages run, with Father and with Spirit one.
( Bede )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Frances Perkins was a woman of outstanding accomplishments, in her personal life, for the cause of women and in the life of the United States.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics in 1902 and a master’s degree in political science in 1910.
She was a teacher and advocate for workers’ rights. The Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in 1911 in which one hundred and forty-six people died catapulted Frances into the foreground of government service. Working for the state of New York she helped draft legislation to improve working conditions, insisted that exit doors in workplaces be unlocked, shortened working hours and established a minimum wage.
President Franklin Roosevelt brought her to Washington where she served as the nation’s first female cabinet minister. She was Secretary of Labour. She was largely responsible for drafting legislation to enact President Roosevelt’s "New Deal." She was the architect of the social security programme.
Following her retirement from government service in 1952, she remained active as a teacher and lecturer at Cornell University. She died on the fourteenth of May, 1965.
During her years of public service, Frances Perkins depended upon her faith, her life of prayer and the guidance of her church for the support she needed to assist the United States and its leadership to face the enormous problems of the time. During her time as Secretary of Labour, she would take time away from her duties on a monthly basis and make a retreat with the All Saints’ Sisters of the Poor in nearby Catonsville, Maryland.
Quote: “A healthy discontent keeps us alert to the changing needs of our time."
Scripture. In "Psalm Thirty-Seven," verses twenty-seven and twenty-eight we read:
Depart from evil, and do good; so you shall abide for ever. For the LORD loves justice; he will not forsake his faithful ones.
... for peace in the world.
... that all workers may be provided with safe working conditions, fair wages and a healthy balance between work and leisure.
... for the success of those who devote their lives to the welfare of working people.
... for the people of Paraguay who are celebrating their national day today.
... for those killed or injured when police opened fire on Palestinians protesting against the opening of an American embassy in Jerusalem. DETAILS
... for those whose lives are threatened by the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and for the success of those working to prevent it turning into an epidemic. DETAILS
... for those killed or injured during a suicide bombing at a police headquarters in the Indonesian city of Surabaya. DETAILS
... for those killed, injured or made homeless in the fierce dust storms that have been raging in India since Sunday and for those still threatened by them. DETAILS
... for those who have died recently and for those who mourn their passing.
... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.
... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.
... for ourselves.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
From "Miracles" by C. S. Lewis:
When modern writers talk of the Resurrection they usually mean one particular moment, the discovery of the empty tomb and the appearance of Jesus a few yards away from it. The story of that moment is what Christian apologists now chiefly try to support and sceptics chiefly try to impugn. But this almost exclusive concentration on the first five minutes or so of the Resurrection would have astonished the earliest Christian teachers. In claiming to have seen the Resurrection they were not necessarily claiming to have seen that. Some of them had, some of them had not. It had no more importance than any of the other appearances of the risen Jesus apart from the poetic and dramatic importance which the beginnings of things must always have. What they were claiming was that they had all, at one time or another, met Jesus during the six or seven weeks that followed his death. Sometimes they seem to have been alone when they did so, but on one occasion twelve of them saw him together and on another occasion about five hundred of them. Saint Paul says that the majority of the five hundred were still alive when he wrote the "First Letter to the Corinthians," i.e. in about 55 AD. The "Resurrection" to which they bore witness was, in fact, not the action of rising from the dead but the state of having risen; a state, as they held, attested by intermittent meetings during a limited period (except for the special, and in some ways different, meeting vouchsafed to Saint Paul). This termination of the period is important, for there is no possibility of isolating the doctrine of the Resurrection from that of the Ascension.
Loving God, we bless your name for Frances Perkins, who lived out her belief that the special vocation of the laity is to conduct the secular affairs of society that all may be maintained in health and decency. Help us, following her example, to contend tirelessly for justice and for the protection of all in need, that we may be faithful followers of Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
NOW LIGHT A CANDLE
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