+JMJ+ All these important holidays. holy-days, all at once! Today, Memorial Day, remembering those who gave their lives for their families, their friends, their country. Sunday, the Solemnity of the Ascension. Tomorrow, the Feast of the Visitation. On the one day Jesus left us to return to His Father (He also left us Himself in the Blessed Sacrament). I imagine the sadness of the disciples and the Apostles, bereft all over again as they watched their Lord go where they could not follow.Continue reading “So many holy-days”
Respect and gratitude from me to all veterans who have served or are serving our beloved country. Thank you, veterans, whoever and wherever you are, for your service, your courage, honor, and sacrifice. God bless you and God bless America!
St. Martin of Tours, pray for us. Pray for our veterans!
Notes and Links
- Read more about Veterans Day.
- Read more about St. Martin of Tours, patron saint of soldiers. He was also a bishop and a wonder worker. His feast day is today, November 11.
Image: St. Martin of Tours cutting his cloak in half to share with a beggar, painting by Anthony Van Dyck. St. Martin is the patron saint of soldiers. See more artwork depicting St. Martin of Tours and read about him at this marvelous art site.
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He is risen, alleluia, rejoice! I’ve got a few things to share with you on this Easter Sunday. Mostly I want to share my hopes that you and yours will be kept safe and showered with many blessings in the Easter season and beyond.
I don’t know if Christ really did appear to His mother after His Resurrection, but I’d like to think that He did, and apparently some artists (or their patrons) have liked the thought, too. In the beginning (and a few times in other spots) of the video below you’ll see a painting by Juan de Flandes called Christ Appearing to His Mother, a copy of one by Rogier van der Weyden, for Queen Isabella of Castile. The song is the Regina Caeli, the Marian antiphon for the season of Easter.
And I learned that the Vatican has released a decree on special indulgences granted to the faithful during this time of suffering and need. (Scroll down for more on that. Also see the notes and links at the end of this post.)Continue reading “He is Risen, Alleluia, Regina Caeli!”
I took the day off today and didn’t write. Read, thought, prayed the Rosary, and, nope, did not write anything at all. Well, maybe a few notes about things to fix on the blog. Until now. I’m going to share a link to a blog post with you from The Sacred Page, a really excellent site where Brant Pitre, John Bergsma, John Kincaid, and Michael Barber write about the Bible and theology and Catholicism.
Gonna grab some grub in a few minutes and read the rest of the article and then read some other stuff. Got way behind on reading while overhauling the blog (not that I’m finished with that, I’m just finished for a little while) and a whole lotta books are calling my name. Listen. Can ya hear ’em? ;)
Hope your Ascension Sunday (in my neck of the woods, anyway) has been happy and holy. Thanks for visiting and reading. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, may the Lord bless and keep you and may His peace be always with you. Amen.
Merry Christmas to all of you out there from all of us in here. Us, meaning The Pack™, the dogs and me; and in here, meaning here at the house where we are all snug in our beds with visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads. Well, not really. The dogs are snoring and probably not dreaming of sugarplums, not having the foggiest notion of what those might be and I’m not sure I do, either. ;) And I’m obviously not sleeping or dreaming, I’m tapping away on the keyboard and annoying said dogs as they try to sleep. But not annoying them too much as they long ago learned how to ignore me at any time of day or night.
All blither-blathering aside, I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to you and since I already have, I’ll bid you good night! Good night!
The photo above is of my nativity set from years past. Took the photo in 2012. Since then a friend has given me a Fontanini set and she and my sister have given me more figures. But have I taken a proper photo of that one and edited it for Christmas? Why, thank you for asking, and no, I have not. I’ll put that on my list right now for next year. That way I might have it done by, oh, I don’t know, the turn of next century. Sigh. ;)
I hope you’ll have a happy Fourth of July. Enjoy the fireworks, remember the little doggies who don’t enjoy the loud noises so much. Take some time to pray for our country, we’re in the middle of a spiritual war and our enemy is prowling around like a hungry lion seeking our souls to devour. And please, if you will, pray a prayer for my Dad who spent the last few days in the hospital with heart problems. Well, pray for my whole family while you’re at it. And know that I pray for every one who reads the blog or follows on Twitter. Thank you. You all mean a lot to me. Even if we don’t agree about something, you matter to me. Thank you for being there.