Daily Reflection — God Calls in Many Ways


Be sure to watch the video at the end after you read this post…

Yesterday morning, my wife and I ate breakfast at la Madeleine—Country French for me and scrambled with croissant for my wife. The day had begun a with a visit to the doctor, which carries its own concerns, and promised to become a busy day of work and chores. So we decided to take a short break before the day got away.

After our food arrived, we offered a prayer of blessing and then we heard it… We had noticed that Christmas music was playing softly in the background, but now we clearly heard Ave Verum Corpus (Hail True Body) coming through the speakers! So we took a few moments to rest in the prayer of this beautiful Eucharistic hymn.  Maybe 10 or so minutes later, we heard Panis Angelicus (Bread of Angels), yet another beautiful Eucharistic hymn.

We might have missed these gifts from God, but I believe our attention was attracted by them through our prayer of grace.

This led to a discussion about staying tuned in to God’s voice throughout the day.  Do you listen for Him?

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For your reflection, here are the words to Ave Verum Corpus and a video performance from the late, great Leonard Bernstein…

“Ave Verum Corpus natum de Maria Virgine…”
“Hail, True Body, born of the Virgin Mary…”

Simply magnificent! Here is only an approximate English translation, more literal than poetic:

Hail, true body, born of the Virgin Mary,
Who truly suffered, sacrificed on the Cross for man,
Whose side pierced whence flowed water and blood,
Be for us a foretaste in the test of death.
O my loving, Gentle One, Sweetest Jesus, Mary’s Son.

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By Deacon Michael Bickerstaff

Deacon Michael Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life.™ A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization. He is also the Founder and President of Virtue@Work, where he provides Executive and Personal Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consulting. Deacon Mike has 30+ years management consulting experience in senior executive leadership positions providing organizational planning and implementation services with a focus on human resource strategy and tax qualified retirement plan design, administration and compliance. He is a co-founder of the successful annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference; the Chaplain of the Atlanta Chapter of the Woodstock Theological Center’s Business Conference; and Chaplain of the St. Peter Chanel Faith at Work Business Association and co-founder and Chaplain of the Marriages Are Covenants Ministry, both of which serve as models for similar parish-based ministries. He and his wife have two married children and three grandchildren. NB: The views I express on this site are my own. I am not an official spokesman for either my parish or diocese. Looking for a Catholic Speaker?  Check out Deacon Mike's speaker page and the rest of the ICL Speaker's Bureau. Connect with Deacon Mike on: