Tomorrow is a Holy Day of Obligation…

... There. Now you know and you can't claim to have forgotten. You have to go to mass or suffer the pains of Hell. Unless you are in the diocese of L.A. or Salt Lake City; then never mind. Especially if you worship here, then you've probably suffered enough.Anyway. Behold some pretty art to contemplate, whether you're celebrating the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God or the Feast of the Circumcision.Andrea del Sarto, Madonna of the Harpies - just one of my favorite paintings of … [Read more...]

Feast of the Holy Family…

... from today's reading:And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.Wives, be subordinate to your husbands, as is proper in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and avoid any bitterness toward them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they may not become discouraged. Col 3:17-21Holy Family by Caesar Van … [Read more...]

Raise a glass in honor of good St. John…

... Like I really need a reason to imbibe, but for the less indulgent out there today you are required* to do so.Today is the third day in the octave of Christmas. The Church celebrates the Feast of St. John, apostle and evangelist. Born in Bethsaida, he was called while mending his nets to follow Jesus. He became the beloved disciple of Jesus. He wrote the fourth Gospel, three Epistles and the Apocalypse. Something something something bless wine.Monk Tasting Wine, by Antonio … [Read more...]

Fine Art Friday For A Holy Day…

... Tomorrow is a Holy Day of Obligation so I don't think you can "kill two birds" by going to a typical Saturday vigil mass. That mass is the vigil for Sunday. So suck it up. You'll have to go to mass two days in a row. Gasp! Unless some diocese out there has decreed otherwise, and you never can tell now-a-days. I think us Catholics have been made lazy by the various mass time options provided every weekend. Not that I'm complaining. Some days you just need a few extra hours sleep. But yeah, … [Read more...]

Today on the liturgical calendar…

... St. Hedwig.What?Just kidding. St. Hedwig is the patroness of brides and death of children so I should be more respectful, I know.Also on today's calendar, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. She's the Sacred Heart of Jesus saint who received a lot of criticism for her visions of the Crucified Christ. Other Catholics really are our worst enemies at times.Image: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque contemplating the Sacred Heart by Corrado Giaquinto. … [Read more...]

St. Anthony and never ceasing to be amazed…

... I can't not conceive of a day when I will ever be bored with Catholicism. I learn new things every day. New awesome things, like that St. Anthony had an incorruptible tongue. No, seriously I had no idea till today.I also didn't know he was a spouse finding saint either. I thought that was St. Ann... you know; St. Anne, St. Anne, find me a man. Sadly, my knowledge of him didn't extend past knowing he was the go-to-guy when you lose your keys or the remote and that he was righteously … [Read more...]

Tantum ergo…

Related Links: Tantum Ergo Sacramentum and Corpus Christi – I affirm my subjugation to Christ vanquisher of hell and my sins. … [Read more...]

Celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi…

Related Links: This Great Sacrament We Hail: 2 Eucharistic Hymns by Thomas Aquinas for Corpus Christi, Fish Eaters - Corpus Christi, and Orvieto and the Feast of Corpus Christi. … [Read more...]

The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus…

This year the Feast of the Sacred Heart falls on June 11. The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost. In addition to the liturgical celebration, many devotional exercises are connected with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Of all devotions, devotion to the Sacred Heart was, and remains, one of the most widespread and popular in the Church.Understood in the light of the Scriptures, the term "Sacred Heart of Jesus" … [Read more...]