Taong Putik – A Philippines Tradition Celebrating John the Baptist…

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... because Church Universal.In the Philippines, as in other Catholic countries, June 24 is observed as the feast day of Saint John the Baptist. The day offers an excuse to engage in revelry such as dousing water on unwary people.In Aliaga, Nueva Ecija, in Barangay Bibiclat, hundreds of devotees of the village's patron saint, John the Baptist, transform themselves into "mud people" -- literally "taong putik." The locals call the ritual Pagsa-San Juan. Outsiders call it the Taong … [Read more...]

Art and Nun Gazing, my two favorite things…

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A recent acquisition by Mt. Healthy (OH) native Elizabeth Nourse, a favorite with Cincinnati art lovers, is the centerpiece of an exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum this winter.The exhibit, which opened Saturday, focuses on The First Communion (La première communion), a painting of a nun and two Breton girls that hung in the offices of the Cincinnati Catholic Women’s Association for more than 70 years. The CAM purchased it in 2012.Nourse, who was Catholic, spent most of her pr … [Read more...]

Sacred Heart Novena – Day 6 and 7 …

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Today is a two-fer because, well, me and novenas.Click here to receive daily email notifications.Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena PrayersO my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.”Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…(Mention your Intention Here)Our Father, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Gi … [Read more...]

Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist…

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Bartolome Esteban Murillo, St. John the Baptist as a Child c. 1665From CatholicCulture.org; Ordinarily the Church observes the day of a saint's death as his feast, because that day marks his entrance into heaven. To this rule there are two notable exceptions, the birthdays of Blessed Mary and of St. John the Baptist. All other persons were stained with original sin at birth, hence, were displeasing to God. But Mary, already in the first moment of her existence, was free from original … [Read more...]

Sacred Heart Novena – Day 5…

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Click here to receive daily email notifications.Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena PrayersO my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.”Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…(Mention your Intention Here)Our Father, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our tresp … [Read more...]

Diocese of Charlotte Like A Boss…

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... Our diocese has gotten a lot of undeserved negative press these past few months. It seems her biggest critics are local disengaged Catholics and people outside the diocese who have the loudest opinions on matters they know little of.Fine. Let them squawk. People will only see what they want to see. Sadly, in some cases, all they will see is the negative because it's what they seek.My prospective is different. I've witnessed the positive changes in our diocese first hand; the … [Read more...]

Sacred Heart Novena – Day 4 …

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... Weird. I keep running across the image everywhere.Click here to receive daily email notifications.Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena PrayersO my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.”Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…(Mention your Intention Here)Our Father, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heave … [Read more...]

Fine Art Friday…

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George Hendrik Breiner, The Earing C. 1893 … [Read more...]

Sacred Heart Novena – Day 3 …

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Click here to receive daily email notifications.Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena PrayersO my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.”Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…(Mention your Intention Here)Our Father, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our tresp … [Read more...]


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