Stars + Steel

bis rests stars + steel

Bright stars, yellow stars, flashing through the air,
Are you errant strands of Lady Mary’s hair?
As she slits the cloudy veil and bends down through,
Do you fall across her cheeks and over heaven too?

Gay stars, little stars, you are little eyes,
Eyes of baby angels playing in the skies.
Now and then a winged child turns his merry face
Down toward the spinning world — what a funny place!

Jesus Christ came from the Cross (Christ receive my soul!)
In each perfect hand and foot there was a bloody hole.
Four great iron spikes there were, red and never dry,
Michael plucked them from the Cross and set them in the sky.

Christ’s Troop, Mary’s Guard, God’s own men,
Draw your swords and strike at Hell and strike again.
Every steel-born spark that flies where God’s battles are,
Flashes past the face of God, and is a star.

-Joyce Kilmer

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Let us remember that love lives through sacrifice and is nourished by giving. Let’s remember that not everything which is good and beautiful pertains to genuine, essential love. Because even without those other things love can be present. Indeed a perfected love. Without sacrifice there is no love. Sacrifice the senses, taste, hearing, and above all, the mind and the will in holy obedience. I wish for you and for myself the best appreciation of sacrifice which is the unconditional willingness to sacrifice.

Letter of St. Maximilian Kolbe to Fr. Konstanty

Let us remember that love lives through sacrifice and is nourished by giving. -St. Maximilian Kolbe #BISblog #BISrests // Click To Tweet


For musical inspiration for your restful Sunday, listen to our BIS Rests playlist.

I recommend praying with “What Wonderous Love is This” by The Hillbilly Thomists.

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Curated by Sarah Ortiz. You can find out more about her here.

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