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My Writing Day   Leave a comment

My Writing Day

Above:  The Beginning of the Draft of This Post

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Yesterday I had a certain thought:  It might be a good idea to take some pictures with my computer’s camera then to use these images as prompts for poems.  So I began to take pictures yesterday and continue to do so today.  Thus this Sabbath has been a day devoted mainly to writing–creative and intellectually engaging work yet physically easy.  Today has been a very good day, one during which my muse has sung much.

The five poems I have composed are:

  1. Rock,
  2. Desk,
  3. Family Pictures,
  4. Liturgy Library, and
  5. Mother Mary.

I hope that you, O reader, have also had a wonderful day.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 19, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF SARGENT SHRIVER, U.S. STATESMAN

THE FEAST OF SAINT CAESARIUS OF ARLES, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP, AND SAINT CAESARIA OF ARLES, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBESS

THE FEAST OF SAINT HENRY OF UPPSALA, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF SAINT WULFSTAN OF WORCESTER, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

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All Service Rewarded   1 comment

All Service Rewarded

Above:  Part of the Original Document

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Matt. 10, 42

I.

The motive determines the quality of the deed.  If meant as a kindness the deed is kind, whatever the results.  Hence the words, “only in the name of a disciple.”

(a)  Small deeds contain great principles.  “Faithful in little, faithful also in much.”  Honest in small affairs reveals the character.

II.

Jesus identifies himself with his own and accepts service for them as done unto himself.  “Ye have done it unto me.”

III.

“Shall in no wise lose his reward.”  What is it?

(b)  Consciousness of having shown a kindly deed.  All such enriches one’s own life.

(c)  Winning a place in another’s good will toward us–not to be despised at all.

(d)  Having the approval of one’s own conscience.  This is no small happiness.

(e)  Christ’s approval is won and added grace received.

He will welcome us at last.

Who would not eagerly seek it?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted January 19, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L, Matthew

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Mother Mary   4 comments

Mary Figurine January 19, 2014

Above:  A Mary Figurine, January 19, 2014

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

All images in this post come from the camera which is part of my laptop computer.

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Mother Mary, whose soul magnifies

the Lord, who treads the adder,

who reigns as Queen of Heaven,

you I thank whenever I rise

and think of the love of the Father

evident in Christ’s incarnation.

Mary Icon January 19, 2014

Mother Mary, your faithfulness

and strength I do ponder,

for you raised a unique Son.

That must have been a great mess

at time, but, based on the Master,

you did indeed get the job done.

Mary Picture January 19, 2014

Mother Mary, if you did not always

understand Jesus, we join your

company, for all of us in that

sometimes falter; he does us faze,

for we think that we know more

than we do; our answers are inadequate

Mary Statue January 19, 2014

much of the time; the truth exceeds

the bounds of our imaginations often;

reality proves more wonderful than

that which we ponder, of which we read.

The glory of God we ought not soften

or minimize; it we cannot fully understand.

Mary Wall Hanging January 19, 2014

Mother Mary, whom God did choose

for a life and mission most special

and full of great joy, risk, and sorrow,

may we, learning from you, never lose

the desire to love Jesus, of splendor full,

and him forevermore to follow.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 19, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF SARGENT SHRIVER, U.S. STATESMAN

THE FEAST OF SAINT CAESARIUS OF ARLES, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP, AND SAINT CAESARIA OF ARLES, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBESS

THE FEAST OF SAINT HENRY OF UPPSALA, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF SAINT WULFSTAN OF WORCESTER, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

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Building the Kingdom   4 comments

Building the Kingdom

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Matt. 10, 7-8

Mk. 16, 15-20

I.

Jesus came to found a spiritual kingdom–himself the King–of truth and righteousness.  It opposes every evil thing and champions the right.  He is to guide and empower for service.

II.

The building is to be done by his people–the church.  Hence he sent out his disciples (Matt. 10, 5 etc.), the Seventy (Lk. 10, 1), and gave the Great Commission (Mk. 16, Matt. 28).  It is our work.

III.

How are we to build it?

1.  By preaching the gospel (1 Cor. 1, 21; Mk. 16, 15).  This has first place; it calls men to him–the first work of the church.

2.  By much prayer, calling down the power from on high–“Thy kingdom come.”

3.  By the help of personal influence.  Every act should contribute to this cause.

4.  By fostering every good cause.  Rejoice that so many things contribute to it, as tributary streams enlarge the river.

5.  Money consecrated to his cause is a great power for good.

Why do you desire money, for self or to help build the kingdom?

This vitiates or consecrates every act.  Let all be done for his kingdom.

IV.

Can the Lord depend on you?

Will you be true at all times and do what you can to help?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Liturgy Library   1 comment

Liturgy Books I January 18, 2014

Above:  Some of My Liturgy-Related Books, January 18, 2014

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Liturgy library, expanding,

taking over more of my book

space (not that I object at all),

of you happily, openly, I sing.

Little space once, it is true, you took,

and now you occupy a whole wall.

Liturgy Books II January 18, 2014

One day, I think, my library you

will dominate; positive that

will be, for my appreciation of good

liturgy has increased; once a few

such books sufficed; a handful of them sat

on a shelf; now for my soul they food

Liturgy Books III January 18, 2014

are; I study old hymn texts eagerly;

I explore daily prayer rituals,

finding treasures; these deeds are hobbies.

I wonder what joys still wait for me

as I engage in habitual

and spiritual acts–liturgies.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 19, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF SARGENT SHRIVER, U.S. STATESMAN

THE FEAST OF SAINT CAESARIUS OF ARLES, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP, AND SAINT CAESARIA OF ARLES, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBESS

THE FEAST OF SAINT HENRY OF UPPSALA, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF SAINT WULFSTAN OF WORCESTER, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

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Standing the Test   2 comments

Standing the Test

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Matt. 7, 24-25

I.

Obedience is the test of our piety.  “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”  Devote yourself to the things I reach.  They are the law of life to his followers.  Not mere profession but obedience is required.  (Is. 21-22)

(1)  One said, “I go, sir,”but did not.  The other first said, “I go not,”but later repented and went.

II.

“Liken him to a wise man who built his house upon a rock”–a sure foundation.  He heard and obeyed God, devoted himself to God’s will.

(2)  The testing came–does to all of us.  Storms of adversity, opposition, trials.  They come to all of us.  Grace does not prevent their coming, but supports us when they arise.  That they do come is no indication of a lack of piety.

(3)  “It fell not.”  It withstood the storm, was unshaken, for its foundation was firm.  What triumph is in that word!!  It stood the test!!

III.

Would you be strong, able to endure and hold out to the end, despite the opposition of Satan?  Keep busy all the while doing the things that please God.

Be prayerful, read the word daily, keep up your interest in religious movements.  Trust the Lord every day.  You will win.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Family Pictures   1 comment

Family Pictures II January 18, 2014

Photograph Dated January 18, 2014

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Family pictures on a bookcase,

images of four generations

gathered together in harmony;

good memories emphasized,

bad memories almost erased.

One of the best of notions

is, time attests, truly family;

mine I keep before my eyes.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 19, 2014 COMMON ERA

Family Pictures I January 18, 2014

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