It’s a bit of a long ramble tonight. Sorry, I didn’t have time to make it shorter. (Hiya, Pascal!) ;)

I don’t know how many of my readers are Catholic and how many aren’t. I assume most are but I wonder. I don’t even know how many actual readers I have. Probably a fraction of those who “follow” me ever get around to reading anything I’ve written. Well, I’m going to do what I’ve been doing, and write as if I’m addressing fellow Catholics or someone who is at least interested in Catholicism. And since this is supposed to be a post about the Blessed Virgin Mary (in the Something About Mary Every Day In May series), tonight I will write about one of my favorite Marian topics: the Rosary. Eventually. ;) Here goes.

When I was a young woman, fresh out of high school and no longer expected to accompany (I used to like that word) my family to church on Sundays, I began to search. I didn’t know what I was searching for, but I knew there had to be something. There had to be some way to know more. More about the reality, truth, the universe, more about how Christianity was supposed to work. No one could ever answer when I asked these things at home or at Sunday School or anywhere else. But I knew that someone somewhere had answers, to my questions, to my deepest longings, and I was determined to find that someone and get my answers, once and for all.

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Friends of the Rosary Project: The Mysteries of the Rosary are now on the blog. The pages and image galleries are here and ready for you to use. I’ll be adding more to the project as time goes on, but you can use it now. To navigate the pages you can use the Table of Contents and the menu at the top of every page. I’ll be adding special navigation to each page soon.

I hope you’ll join me to continue praying for conversion and transformation of souls, for union with God, and to end the culture of death in all of its aspects and to grow a civilization of Love. And while you’re here, subscribe to keep up-to-date on the blog. You can also check outo the new What’s New page.

God bless you, friends, may His peace be always with you.

Christ in Glory, by Giovanni Battista Gaulli (Il-Baciccio).
Adapted from a copy found at rev-artistry.

Happy Easter, friends! I hope your Lenten season was fruitful and that your Easter season will be richly blessed. My own recovery continues and I’m feeling more and more like myself again. And happy to be back here and active on the site, too.

I’m logged in tonight, building the pages for the Rosary Project. So if you see anything going all wonky, it’s probably not you, it’s probably me, trying something out and discovering that it doesn’t work. ;) I’m going to build the pages, text first, then add the images. Still debating on whether to put several large images on one page or smaller ones linked to larger ones, or just use a gallery for them instead. I dunno. We’ll see what happens. Say a prayer for me that I don’t mess up the entire site somehow and have to start over. I think I’d close it down and go hide in a corner if that happened. Or not. Twitter has made me bolder and more thick-skinned. (That place can be brutal!)

Have a great Easter weekend, y’all. God bless you. May His peace be always with you.

Prayerful study and (Christian) meditation on the Word of God with the Rosary.
The Holy Rosary has been called “the Bible on a string.” In the Rosary we pray and meditate on the Life of Christ, coming face to face with the True God and True Man, Jesus.
Image: Bible and Rosary from user jclk8888 at Morguefile.

*Translation: The Lord is risen indeed. Praise the Lord!

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Part, the first: I haven’t decided on a format yet for the Rosary Project pages. I put a page together for the First Joyful Mystery using an image gallery, but I’m not convinced that that is the way to go. The gallery may make it easy to browse the images, but it makes them smaller than I would like. Larger images are not only more impressive, but they lend themselves more to meditation. Don’t you think?

I’ll put together a page that more closely resembles the way the threads appear on Twitter, with a whole set of Mysteries on one long page. And I’ll also put the Mysteries on separate short pages, too. I’ll do it a few different ways so that you, the reader, have options. And since I don’t have to deal with 280 character constraints here, I can also add information about the artwork, name of the artist, links, and other interesting stuff. Btw, the images are all in the public domain. I’ve scoured the web to find as many good ones as I can. And I still find new things every day. If this keeps up, pretty soon I’ll need more external drives. Another reason to put affliliate links on the blog.

I’d be interested to hear what you think. After all, I’m putting this together for you! :)

Behold! A screenshot of the first ever affiliate links to appear on Catholic Heart & Mind.
Update: May 1, 2019: I removed these from the sidebar. I’ll add them to the booklist soon.

Part, the Second, a note about affiliate links: I’ve finally decided to put affiliate links on the site. I know, I know, I said I didn’t make a dime off of anything on my free WordPress blog and I didn’t. But I also didn’t like the ads that sometimes showed up on here (and I certainly don’t want that on my Rosary pages), so I upgraded away from the free account. That meant adding another expense to my already overly stressed checkbook. (Every time I even look at it now I see it cringe, hoping I’ll change my mind and forget about it, which I do fairly often these days as my mind becomes more and more like Teflon™, nothing sticks to it.) So affiliate links will begin appearing here and, indeed, a few are present already. Behold! The sidebar doth contain them e’en now! :P

Thanks for reading. I hope to hear from you soon!

(Dang it, Grammarly, stop telling me that “e’en” isn’t appropriate in this post. It’s what I want to say and I’m gonna say it, so there! Hmph! Nobody likes a know-it-all, ya know, and besides, you’re making my laptop run hot, not to mention how you’re making my blood boil. Grrrr.)

Began a new page for the Rosary Project today. Was going to start uploading it, but changing the blog theme and layout meant re-doing more than I had planned, what with site navigation and all.* If you’re curious about what the Rosary threads are, here’s the one from last night (Tuesday, April 16).

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The Rosary Project will have its own section here at Catholic Heart & Mind. I’m still pondering how to post it but the first part of it will be going up over the next few days. My pooor little blog won’t know what’s happened. I’ve ignored it for so long, I’m sure it thought I’d forgotten all about it. I’m slowly recovering from the heart attack and all of that and it’s good to be back in front of the keyboard to do something besides Tweet and scribble.**

*But that’s alright. I haven’t changed the blog look for years other than to add a new banner now and then. It was time for a new look and to clean out some under-used pages, or at least move them around.

**Scribbling is what I do when I want to work on a story but all I can do is scribble a few disjointed impressions of a scene here and there with no idea how it will fit into the larger picture of whatever story I’m working on. My goal is to eventually put a few of these stories up on the blog. And maybe one day even put them into an eBook.

I’ve been working on tonight’s Rosary Project thread and while the files are backing up I thought I’d drop in here and post one of my favorite images. This one is by Lorenzo Lotto: Madonna of the Rosary.madonna-of-the-rosary-1539

Poor Blessed Virgin Mary, in these scenes she can never keep Baby Jesus in her lap. He’s always trying to get down or grab someone’s beard. Seriously. Look at those Adoration of the Magi paintings sometime. He’s always trying to see what’s in the boxes or pull their hair or something. Cracks me up every time. What a handful He must have been!

What is the Rosary Project, you ask? It’s me praying the Rosary and posting it as I pray it on Twitter (or on the mobile site, I prefer it’s clean uncluttered look). As my dear friendd Rose says, I’m “live tweeting” the Rosary. Or I have been, every night since June or July of 2018. The nightly live Twitter Rosary is coming to an end this weekend, April 20, Holy Saturday, and a new phase of the project will be beginning here at Catholic Heart & Mind. If you want to join in this final week of the live Rosary, log on to Twitter at 8:30 pm Central and bring your beads. Hope to see you there!