Saint Francis de Sales

January 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Bishop of Geneva and Doctor of the Church
Born August 21, 1567
Died December 28, 1622
Feast Day January 24

Author of: Introduction to the Devout Life among others.

Learn more at:

Catholic Online

Franciscan Media

and

New Advent

Image :Français : Saint François de Sales donnant à sainte Jeanne de Chantal la règle de l’ordre de la Visitation.

Following Jesus in the the Desert – Lent 2016 – Week One

February 11, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Christ in the Wilderness – Briton Riviere

A friend once asked me why I “do Lent”  when it isn’t in the Bible.   Sailing right by the fact that there  are many things that Christians do that really aren’t in the Bible, a bunch of things we don’t do that are in the Bible and Catholics don’t really hold to the idea that the Bible spells out all we need to do.  (Note that Christ specifically commissions Peter to build his Church, but there is no where in the Bible where he mentions collecting the letters of his followers and using this scripture in addition to the Old Testament scriptures that He himself had)  But the question about Lent still left me scratching my head.   This friend celebrated Christmas and Easter as “Bible based”  but missed that Jesus is often described as drawing away for a time for prayer and specifically in Mathew 4:1-11  his journey into the desert for 40 days is described.   I am pretty sure if you are following the Magi and giving gifts on Christmas and marking that Biblical you will have a hard time chiding me as non-biblical for making small sacrifices in immitation of Jesus’ great fast.

As Catholics much of what we do is the living action of liturgy to keep us ever immersed in liturgy.  Most of us aren’t going to drop everything and follow Christ into the desert like the Desert Fathers and Desert Mothers or take on the rigorous Asceticism of some of out Saints, but we can follow them in small ways within our own gardens.

So Lent brings us to our own desert.  This year for me I am starting out rather badly as I have spent the last day and a half in bed and my car is in the shop.   As a family we have given up TV and the children were remarkably on board with that.   We are doing our 40 bags.

St Agnes of Rome

January 21, 2016 § Leave a comment

 

St Agnes of Rome

Virgin Martyr

Born 291 – Died 304

Feast Day January 21.

Images: St Agnes by Corrado Giaquinto  and St Agnes of Rome by Domenichino

St John Neumann

January 5, 2016 § Leave a comment

 

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Born:  March 28, 1811
Died:  January 5, 1860
Feast Day: January 5th

 

“As Christ has His work, we too have ours; as He rejoiced to do His work, we must rejoice in ours also.” ~St John Neumann

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

January 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Portrait of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton  – The Filicchi Portrait

Born:  August 28, 1774
Died: January 4, 1821
Feast Day: January 4th

The first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized.

“The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills it; and thirdly to do it because it is his will.  -St. Elizabeth Ann Seton “

 

 

St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nazianzus

January 2, 2016 § Leave a comment

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St Basil the Great ~  Born 329  Died 379 ~ Feast Day January 2nd.

“Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smooth the road to a good man’s fortune; and many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away hunger.”  + St. Basil the Great

 

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St Gregory of Nazianzus ~  Born 329  Died 390 ~ Feast Day January 2nd.

Let us treasure up in our soul some of those things which are permanent – not of those which will forsake us and be destroyed, and which only tickle our senses for a little while.
+ Gregory of Nazianzus

 

Mary the Mother of God

January 1, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Mary of the Veil ~ Carlo Dolci

Today is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and a Holy Day of Obligation.

Memorare of St. Bernard
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Nativity PreK and K Packs

December 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

Lizzy calls these her Christmas “specials”:

http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.net/2011/11/12-days-of-christmas-free-nativity/

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and

http://overthebigmoon.com/nativity-pre-k-pack/

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Christmass Song Guess-o-rama

December 16, 2015 § 1 Comment

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a carol – Lady Laura Teresa Alma-Tadema

Resurrecting this for my kids:

from: December 15, 2008

I found this bit of fun over at  Stepping Heavenward.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Guess the Original Christmas Song Titles

01. Felicitations for the Season

02. Sterling Carillon

03. Circuitous gambol of Festive Conifer

04.Awesome hibernal acreage

05.Altitudinous celestials acclaim

06. Senior flattened by cloven aviator

07. Covert observation of matriarch’s scandalous osculation

08. Petite birthplace

09. Sprightly venerable benefactor

10.Allegiants proceed

11. Enquiry of mutual auditory perception

12. Hushed darkness

13. Noel – envisage blanched

14. Inaugural Yule

15. Royal Eastern trio

16.Planetary jubilance

17.Theurgical cool guy

18. Matchless season

19. Full-grown enumeration of holiday hopes

20. Commencement of Yuletide complexion

Christmas Carol Game Answers
01. We Wish You a Merry Christmas | 02. Silver Bells | 03. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree | 04. Winter Wonderland | 05. Angels We Have Heard on High | 06. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer | 07. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause | 08. O Little Town of Bethlehem | 09. Jolly Old St. Nicolas | 10. O Come All Ye Faithful | 11. Do You Hear What I Hear? | 12. Silent Night | 13. I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas | 14. The First Noel | 15. We Three Kings of Orient Are | 16. Joy to the World | 17. Frosty the Snowman | 18. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year | 19. Grown up Christmas List | 20. It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas

Immaculate Conception

December 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

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The Immaculate Conception
Peter Paul Rubens

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