Quiet words in the night, March 20, 2020

Let us take refuge, quote by St Ambrose

“Let us take refuge from this world. You can do this in spirit, even if you are kept here in the body. You can at the same time be here and present to the Lord. Your soul must hold fast to him, you must follow after him in your thoughts, you must tread his ways by faith, not in outward show. You must take refuge in him. He is your refuge and your strength.”

From the treatise on Flight from the World by Saint Ambrose, bishop.
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Update, correct link for The Bible and the Church Fathers Launch on Feb 19

Update: Correct link to the launch! Sorry about that!

A quick note to tell you about something I just saw: The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology presents The Bible & the Church Fathers, launching this Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 pm Eastern with free streaming video. But wait! There’s more!

Enter to win a signed study bundle (the complete package of the Church Fathers study for parishes plus John Bergsma’s book, Bible Basics for Catholics). Link below. But wait! There’s even more!

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The Bible and the Church Fathers Launches Feb 19

A quick note to tell you about something I just saw: The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology presents The Bible & the Church Fathers, launching this Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 pm Eastern with free streaming video. But wait! There’s more!

Enter to win a signed study bundle (the complete package of the Church Fathers study for parishes plus John Bergsma’s book, Bible Basics for Catholics). Link below. But wait! There’s even more!

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Our First Cuppa Together in 2020

This will be our first cuppa together in 2020. The night is dark and windy, Miss Lucy Dawg is snoozing by the fire, music is playing softly in the background. Tea’s ready. Have a seat while I fill our cups. 

We’ve talked about conversion before and I mentioned that I gave up my New Age ways, and I think I mentioned astrology. I gave it up, not because it doesn’t work (that’s a topic for a whole other blog post), but because Holy Mother Church said to. But I didn’t give it up right away. Now this is not a post about astrology or my past obsession with it, but about the fact that becoming Catholic changes us. It must change us, the deep down us, and that takes time. Took me a few years to give up astrology and my other New Age ways, though I was certainly moving toward that from reception into the Church onward.

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The Presentation of the Lord, Feb 2, Candlemas

If you haven’t already subscribed to Brant Pitre’s excellent series, The Mass Readings Explained, I highly recommend that you do so. For today’s feast you can view two videos (4:14 and 9:08 in length) and at least part of the transcript even without being a subscriber. (I tried to embed them in this post but coudn’t.) Subscribe to the Mass Readings Explained for access to the full-length videos, the transcripts and study guides. (Links at the end of this post.)

Note: I do not make any commissions from Catholic Productions. I’m just a big fan of their work.

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Madonna and Child, some favorite paintings

A post in the Something About Mary Every Day In May series.

In the previous post I shared a little something about one of my new used books, The Mother of God: Art Celebrates Mary, but I didn’t have time to do much more than mention it. Tonight I want to begin looking inside it and I’ll share that with you. I can’t reproduce the works from the book without violating copyright, but I’ll share what I can find in the public domain where possible. (Links at the end of this post.)

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The Rosary Project is ready for you to use

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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.

One of my favorite images from the Rosary Project

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!

The Rosary Project is coming to the blog (which got a new web address today)

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If you’ve been following me on Twitter for the last few months, you may have noticed that I’ve been posting a Live Twitter Rosary almost every night since June or July of 2018. The last night of that will be April 20, Holy Saturday. After that the threads will only be available here at Catholic Heart and Mind, which just happens to be the new web address, too. The old address seems to still be working, but here’s the new one.

https://catholicheartandmind.com

I’ll tell you more later. I just wanted to post a quick update tonight. God bless you! See you soon here or on Twitter!

Rosary Coast to Coast, Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

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Today the Catholic Church honors the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Also today Catholics across the United States (and beyond) will gather to pray the Rosary to combat the evil that abounds in our nation and in our world. What happened at Lepanto in 1571 gave us the feast day and gives us hope for a modern day miracle. And we badly need one. We are in a spirtual war and by spiritual means we must do battle to win it.

Endorsed by Bishop Morlino

Sister Lucia, one of the visionaries of Fatima, reported the words of the Mother of God. “The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about marriage and the family.” Sister Lucia added, “Don’t be afraid, because whoever works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought against and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.” Then she concluded: “Nevertheless, Our Lady has already crushed his head.” Excerpt from the National Catholic Register article about the Rosary Coast to Coast. (Emphasis added.)

If you’re like me and getting out to your local gathering for this Rosary event is difficult to impossible, or if there is no event in your area, participate wherever you are. I plan to pray the Rosary from my home. I may be just one small, okay, short person with one small voice, but I’ve got a HUGE family and today we will cover this globe in Christ’s Love. May we do so always. I hope you’ll join us.

Rosary Coast to Coast: One Small Voice

(If there’s a livestream of anything else and I find it, I’ll tweet the information. The main website appears to be down right now, but the Facebook page is up. I’m not on Facebook but I can see some things there without having to log in.) Also see Fr. Richard Heilman’s page, Roman Catholic Man, for more. Read more abuot the Rosary and new Holy League.

Update, Oct 7, 3:40pm: Found the livestream just now! https://www.facebook.com/usrosarycoasttocoast/videos/256613145000229/