St. Barbara…

St. Barbara flees her fatherSt. Barbara (from Nicomedia) was the daughter of a pagan noble who worshipped false gods. Because of her striking beauty, her father enclosed her in a tower to hide her from the snares of men. Barbara vowed virginity, and during an absence of her father had a third window added to her quarters in honor of the Blessed Trinity; at the same time, she also adorned her bath with the sign of the holy Cross. Upon his return her father was so angered over these changes that a … [Read more...]

learn to defend the use of religious icons and objects…

... today is the Memorial of St. John Damascene. St. John was such a great orator that he was known as Chrysorrhoas ("golden-stream"). He was the last of the Greek Fathers of the Church, and the first of the Christian Aristotleans. He also adapted choral music for use in the liturgy. His eloquent defense of Christian images has given him the title of "Doctor of Christian Art." For some light reading, An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox FaithTone 8 (For John of Damascus) What shall we call thee, … [Read more...]

tasteless…

... but I bet you laugh. … [Read more...]

...winner Paulinus. … [Read more...]

St. Francis Xavier…

Jose de Alzbarca, c.18th centurcyPatron: African missions; diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana; Apostleship of Prayer; Australia; black missions; Borneo; China; East Indies; foreign missions; Goa, India; diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin; India; archdiocese of Indianapolis, Indiana; Japan; diocese of Joiliet, Illinois; missionaries; Missioners of the Precious Blood; Navarre, Spain; navigators; New Zealand; parish missions; plague epidemics; Propagation of the Faith.Symbols: bell; crucifix; vessel; … [Read more...]

Give his zeal for the faith to all …

Collect: God our Father, by the preaching of Francis Xavier you brought many nations to yourself. Give his zeal for the faith to all who believe in you, that your Church may rejoice in continued growth throughout the world. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.Nicolas Poussin … [Read more...]

Van Orley…

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Jazz musician Broyce Brown…

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Angers, France…

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visual treats…

... courtesy Rome of the West. … [Read more...]

morbid curiosity…

... the National Museum of Funeral History is hosting the exhibit "Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popes" billed as the only display of papal artifacts outside the Vatican. It took the museum two years to secure Vatican permission for the project, plus another year to put the exhibit together, said Genevieve Keeney, the museum director who is also a bereavement counselor and licensed funeral director. It had an advantage in a board member who had a connection to a Vatican official. And … [Read more...]

caption contest…

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