August never fails me…

... some times I like to check the archive for the month of the following years; to chart my progress... note how far I've come or how little I have done to improve myself. I came across this; composed two years ago and quoting myself from 2 years prior..."Our suffering is a gift from God. Our sins, sufferings and short comings that result from our humanity make us see that God does indeed have a divine sense of humor. Without these constant reminders of our imperfections, our suffering and our … [Read more...]

Malta Monday…

Bell Tower of Vallette, Malta … [Read more...]

reason #2,342,005 why Catholics are cooler…

... we are a generous lot. I have been blessed more than I probably deserve. I want to take a moment here and recognize those individuals who made donations to me... a very real person in need. It was hard to ask for that help but the humility is good for my spirit. I have been overwhelmed by every one's kindness and concern. Thank you all. … [Read more...]

the worst ones are those who profess to be ordinary Catholics…

"...they surprise you with what seems to be a genuine tolerance and a sense of humor. They obey the Church's teachings , but have a strange way of looking beyond it...they seem to have integrated religion with every aspect of their life, they are not necessarily very pious, in fact they appear to be very ordinary... they do not take themselves too seriously. This unpleasant trait looks like ordinary happiness, but it runs deeper in them. It is marked by a certain freedom and sense of humor." … [Read more...]

“O marvelous wonder! The Fount of Life is placed in the grave, and the grave doth become the ladder to Heaven…”

Frances Granacci … [Read more...]

Neither the tomb, nor death, could hold the Theotokos…

Neither the tomb, nor death, could hold the Theotokos,Who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions.For being the Mother of Life, She was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb.Andrea Del Castagno … [Read more...]

You were translated to life…

In giving birth, you preserved your virginity!In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos!You were translated to life, O Mother of Life,And by your prayers you deliver our souls from death! El Greco … [Read more...]

May we see heaven as our final goal…

Collect: All-powerful and ever-living God, you raised the sinless Virgin Mary, mother of your Son, body and soul to the glory of heaven. May we see heaven as our final goal and come to share her glory. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns wth you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.Palmavecchio … [Read more...]

Unknown Master c.1590 … [Read more...]

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