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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
(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/
For Catholics August 15th is a Holy Day of Obligation in honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. No, she’s not an Ascended Master. She also did not rise by her own power. And, no, she is NOT a goddess. We look to Tradition to learn about Mary, but we also look to Scripture. If you’d like to know more, and especially about how to explain the Assumption (and Marian teachings in general) to non-Catholic friends and family, I’d like to recommend some easy to read, easy to understand resources for you. You’ll find links at the end of this post.
First up, Dr. Robert Stackpole has written an excellent article, The Case for the Assumption of Mary, drawing on the Fathers of the Church, the work of Scott Hahn, and Karl Keating.
“[T]here is, indeed, an allusion to the mystery of the Assumption right in the very place we would most expect to find it if the doctrine were true: namely, in the writings of the Apostle St. John, the one into whose care our Lord placed His Mother at the hour of His death on the Cross, and especially in what may be the last of the New Testament books to be written, a book almost certainly written after Mary’s earthly life was over, the Book of Revelation.” — Dr Robert Stackpole, The Case for the Assumption of Mary
That should be enough to whet your appetite. You’ll have to read the rest at the Divine Mercy site.
And last, the book itself, Hail, Holy Queen, available in print or ebook from your favorite bookseller, and also in Logos/Verbum format for those using Logos/Verbum applications. (There’s a learning curve but it’s very much worth it.)
Got the Camp NaNoWriMo novel word count validated just a few minutes ago: 52,065 for a win! Yes! Now the next phase of novel-writing work begins. (Hey, how many phases is this thing going through, anyway, huh? Sheesh!)
See Other Writing for badges and meters from past NaNoWriMo events.