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)


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.

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

Rosary Coast to Coast Logo

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!

Got the novel word count validated, WIN!

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2014 Winner!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!)

Progress Meter

See Other Writing for badges and meters from past NaNoWriMo events.

Happy Easter! Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 19

He is Risen! Happy Easter, y’all! May your Easter season be blessed!

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Under 2K. Total: 46,247. Woohoo!

Hallelujah, He is Risen!

Nightly Update, Camp NaNoWriMo Day 17

Today I discovered some interesting textures in the story, some parallels between sets of characters, some echoes of events and experiences that are not identical but similar. I can use those to bring out different aspects, different facets of experience and meaning. It’s something I hadn’t thought of or realized before. It’s something I’d read about in a writing book a long time ago but didn’t really get. Until today when I saw it in this story. Love when that happens. :)

Thanks for dropping in, do drop in again, and may you have a blessed Good Friday.

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen – Good Friday video.

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over 2K. Total: 43,003. Woohoo!

(Technically I wrote another three hundred or so words after midnight so those should count for tomorrow, er, Friday instead of tonight, er last night, Thursday. Argh! Brain. Hurts. Must. Sleep. Soon. But not until I finish getting another idea down and back up the project on Dropbox. And the Time Capsule. I know some people back up every few weeks or every few days. But I back up my work several times a day and the Time Capsule has its own schedule that I don’t even have to think about.)

Always Room for Another Resource, Or Three

Recently I found three really interesting pages that I want to share with you: Catholic Cross ReferenceOnline Catholic Library and a page on the Church Fathers at the St Paul Center for Biblical Theology. I added the first two to the main Resource page because they cover so much ground it’s hard to categorize them any further without adding them to every page in that section (and the thought of doing that makes me break out in hives). I added the St Paul Center page to the new Church Fathers page which I added earlier today here on Catholic Heart and Mind. :)

Catholic Cross Reference

  • Online Catholic Library: Looks like a really long and really good list of links to a lot of really good Catholic material. Audio, articles, books, documents, theology, spirituality–Looks like if it’s Catholic, it’s on their list. :)

Online Catholic Library

The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology is a non-profit research and educational institute that promotes life-transforming Scripture study in the Catholic tradition. The Center serves clergy and laity, students and scholars, with research and study tools — from books and publications to multimedia and on-line programming.

Our goal is to be a teacher of teachers. We want to raise up a new generation of priests who are fluent in the Bible and lay people who are biblically literate. For us, this means more than helping people to know their way around the Bible. It means equipping them to enter into the heart of the living Word of God and to be transformed and renewed by this encounter.

We read the Bible from the heart of the Church, in light of the Church’s Liturgy and living Tradition. In this way, we hope to help people experience the heart-to-heart encounter that Jesus’ disciples experienced on that first Easter night, when they knew Him in the breaking of the bread: “Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us…while He opened to us the Scriptures?” (see Luke 24:13-37)

Saint Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles

Added a Page of Resources for the Year of Faith

I wrote a post about the Year of Faith a few days ago. Tonight I added a page of resources, too, and I’ll be adding to the list there as I discover useful things. Got to tell you, so far I am really enjoying this. I’m taking my mass-market paperback copy to adoration, along with my Liturgy of the Hours for prayer and prayerful study. Not only am I learning more about my faith than I already knew, but I’m learning at a deeper level. And all of this is giving me more insight into the novel I’m writing. (Nope, don’t ask. Can’t tell you anything else about that. Yet.) ;) Year of Faith Resource Page.

Bishop Fulton J Sheen’s Communism and the Conscience of the West

[Edited, April 26: I used a mobile device to post the original of this post and didn’t realize that the images I sent up were HUGE. Sorry about that, all fixed now. *Sheepish grin*] Just received a new book in the mail. Well, a new old book. It’s Communism and the Conscience of the West by Archbishop Fulton J Sheen. It’s been out of print for I don’t know how long, but I got hold of a copy because the Boise Public Library discarded their copy which is evidently a first edition from 1948. Their bad judgment is my good fortune. And since I don’t believe in fortune but Providence instead, I’ll have to thank the Lord for this blessing. :)

Bishop Sheen, Communism and the Conscience of the West Bishop Sheen, Communism and the Conscience of the West, title page

No strings attached (Well, Just One)

Just a short video (see below or on YouTube) and a brief check-in today as I get ready to attend the Easter Vigil up at Hanceville tonight. I’ve been to Mass there once (earlier this week, more about that later when I have more time to write) and this will be the first Easter Vigil I’ve attended there–and the first Mass my friend has attended there. Sixteen years ago I was received by Holy Mother Church and tonight’s vigil will be the perfect way to celebrate. Have a blessed Easter and peace be with you!

Fr Barron in Birmingham, the Catholicism Project; Dogma and Preaching by Pope Benedict

Catholicism seriesA few days ago I heard Fr. Robert Barron speak about his latest project, Catholicism, and the New Evangelization at the Cathedral of St. Paul’s in downtown Birmingham. Fr. Barron autographed my copy of the companion book to the series which has been airing on PBS stations around the country and also on EWTN (view the TV schedule). If you haven’t caught it yet, I highly recommend that you do so, or get a set of discs to watch any time. Or DVR it. I read somewhere on the web that even some libraries are getting copies. People are hungry for the truth and for beauty and Catholicism (both the series and the Faith) provides plenty of both.  Continue reading “Fr Barron in Birmingham, the Catholicism Project; Dogma and Preaching by Pope Benedict”

Oops, posted a post with no title, deleted, Feasts of Faith reposted correctly now

Sorry about that. I hit Publish on my previous post without realizing that I hadn’t entered a title. Then I removed the post by saving it as a draft but forgot that it had already been sent to Twitter and to subscribers. Oy. Deleted it from Twitter before too many people saw it, I hope. Gave it a title and re-published. Everything should be okay now. Whew. And to think it was supposed to be just a quick little note. Why do I even try to blog when I’m in a hurry?

Read the post: Feasts of Faith, Explore the Jewish Roots of Christianity with Scott Hahn, Brant Pitre, and Michael Barber.