... My heart is as black as the blackness of the sloe,Please, please, if you haven't already done so, read these two posts of Fr. Stephen:
or as the black coal that is on the smith's forge;
or as the sole of a shoe left in white halls;
it was you that put that darkness over my life.
You have taken the east from me; you have taken the west from me;
you have taken what is before me and what is behind me;
you have taken the moon, you have taken the sun from me;
and my fear is great that you have taken God from me
from Donal Og, anonymous 8th Century Irish, trans. Lady Gregory.
How much is too little? How much is enough?
If your parish has moved, or effectively dropped, the Feast of the Ascension, read them twice.