Fine Art Friday For A Holy Day…

Giorgio Vasari, Allegory of the Immaculate Conception c. 1541 -  Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

... 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…

Harry-potter-hedwig

... 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…

St anthonys tongue

... 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…

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…

Christ King

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...]

party on…

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! Christos Anesti! Alethos Anesti!Angnolo Bronzino c. 1552Easter isn't over. In fact, Eastertide is a period lasting fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. So no, it's not back to liturgical life as normal. There is still some significant partying to be done. Divine Mercy Sunday, the Ascension and a plethora of saints are all celebrated before the season officially ends on Pentecost.I've often heard others describe Catholics as … [Read more...]

Candlemas…

Luke 2:34-35:And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.WEYDEN, Rogier van der Weyden, St. Columba Altarpiece (detail of the Presentation) c. 1455. Oil on oak panel, Alte Pinakothek, Munich. … [Read more...]

Memorial of St. Hilary of Poitiers…

Hilaryofpoitiers

... Ever the spiritual slacker, some days the closest I get to piety is looking at the calendar to see who's the Saint of The Day. It's something I suppose. At least it keeps me in the liturgical rhythm* of the Church.I use to update my blog daily with pictures and a brief synopsis of each day's saint, but the Church proved to have more saints than I had time and the practice ceased. Now I just feature my "besties" in the saint department, Saints I've grown close to and befriended … [Read more...]


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