Benedict XVI

[Jesus] is not just anyone; indeed he is the Friend and at the same time the One who is the Truth that gives life to men and women; and what he gives is not just any kind of joy but joy itself, a gift of the Holy Spirit. Yes, it is beautiful to live because I am loved and it is the Truth who loves me.

Drawn To Her Across The Bay

Gentle breeze gliding across the bay
making the blades of my paddle play.
your hands dear Mary in the warm moving air
soothe my shoulders and caress my hair
as I guide this kayak to you
waiting on the shoreline’s hew.

The warbler's song so calming
the scent of the pines enticing
more delightful is your love that draws me
to this shore where in your arms I’m free.

Sweeter is your love than maple syrup
Your eyes more radiant than sunsets
O Tower of Ivory under the moon
O Mystical Rose forever in bloom.

Ezekiel 36: 25-26

I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impurities, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts.