The hour is almost here!
Are you ready? Easter is. Day on the calendar, but the challenge to your faith in the one true God could come at any time. Are you ready to carry your cross?
I can only hope and pray I will not fail my Lord when my time comes. That cross looks heavy to me!
Today is a special day for me….it is the Feast Day of St. Joseph! So even though I am in an other state, working 14 hours a day (well 16 today), and it is 20 or so degrees outside I found the Cathederal on the way to work. As luck would have it, I walked in at mass time! I noted the Bishop was moving along briskly. So I then attended mass AND got to work on time!
Today was the funeral for the cousins lost last week in childbirth. One of the children’s middle name was Joseph as well. So I lit a candle for the children, and asked this great saint to look out for them on the path to heaven. Just before leaving I said our Blue Knight St. Joseph prayer….
Dear St. Jospeh
Who took such good care of the baby Jesus and blessed mother Mary.
Be our protector to.
Guide us on the path that is safe and sure, all the way to heaven.
This cruxifiction moment the world changed, but the miricle did not end with that moment. It benefitted those who passed before it, and those who passed after. Each of us get shot at eternal life with God because of it.
As we said the Rosary last night, we reflected on the Sorrowful Mysteries. It brought me back to recently read a chapter from St Thomas Aquinas, reminding us that God exists outside time. God can use this past moment to inspire and save us now in this moment. To God now is no different than if we stood at the foot of the cross then.
In the midst of our prayers, I tried to place myself at the foot of the cross. I kept asking myself if I would be brave enough to live my faith out in the face of the threats around me. Would I have faith looking at pagan Roman soldiers, to whom I have no value except as a slave? Would I be cowered in fear by the vengeful crowd who reject the law of God? Would I stay silent knowing the enemy has spies ready to bear witness to their lords about my adoration for the man on the cross?
I found myself wanting. Still afraid, but slowly growing in the strength of faith for the tests that lay ahead of me. I can see in this land this land today, those same threats faced by the fathers of the faith growing in strength. Surely you can see the new tests arising for Christians everywhere as well.
What can you say for yourself? Are you ready for your coming moment?
I love a rainy night…ok twilight! The rain was very, very light but the open ground was soaked! So that of course means dark, contrast filled colors if captured right!
The mood was pretty somber as well. I thought the taxis would get busier (and therefore happier), but the rain was so light it actually felt good in the humidity…sort of portable Miami air conditioning in an old school manner!
Even the park benches were quite lonely.
Maybe some sun tomorrow? Oh that is another song….”The Sun will come out tomorrow! Tomorrow! You can bet your bottom dollar….” Ok I’ll be quiet before security comes up and makes me an offer I cannot refuse.
P.S. For you gear heads all these came from my Fujifilm X-E1. Today was zoom day. I travels with my standard zoom (XF18-55 F2.8-4). Nicely made lens, and it did allow me to reach out and grab a few photos without moving my feet. I will say that the biggest thing it did for me was the mild telephoto effect. The second and fourth photos show what happened when I racked it all the way out to 55mm…or a short telephoto of about 78mm Full Frame equivalent. The telephoto allowed me to compress the elements in the frame, and they seem closer than they would with a standard focal length.
Something else I learned is that I got the shots in low light by increasing my iso to 3200. However this also made much the photo very bright, approaching daylight scenes. So I went back into the camera and applied negative compensation to bring the scenes closer to what I saw. I did not want a night vision goggle effect here.
Finally these are almost exclusively out of camera jpegs. Your camera probably has a very powerful RAW converter. Use it, save variants and shoot some more. If the product is good, variants will help you explore the what if’s of your camera’s potential.