Symbols of the Virgin Mary…

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... Taking this month's theme of the rosary in a direction away from portraits, today's Rosary in Fine Art example is a still life by Dirck de Bray c. 1672.This particular still life incorporates symbolism associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary: the rose, a rosary, rosemary, the thurible, and the crown.To see previous posts and examples of the rosary in fine art, click here. … [Read more...]

Portrait of a Widow at Her Devotions…

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... Keeping with this month's theme, the Holy Rosary.Leandro Bassano, c. 1590 Widow at Her DevtionsThe newly widowed women prays before a painting of the Birth of the Virgin Mary.See previous examples of the rosary in fine art. … [Read more...]

Benedicta Chant CD Cures Road Rage…

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... Have you purchased or downloaded Benedicta, Marian chant from the monks of Norcia yet? No? What, you don't like church bells and heavenly chant?I love that the CD opens up with the deep resonating peal of church bells, the Catholic call to prayer. That's what Benedicta is, a call to prayer. I listen to it most mornings during my daily commute. It helps with the stress and the road rage to have something calming and holy to focus on. I'm hestitant to call it music or mediatation, … [Read more...]

Will Remain Catholic For Beer…

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... The question of why we remain Catholic has been asked of the Patheos writers, in response to Pew Report stating our numbers are dwindling.I'm not much for big word-y words, preferring to keep it straightforward.I'm Catholic and plan to remain so until I die and my big fat Catholic soul flies off to Catholic Heaven - the part of Heaven where the alcohol and fireworks are kept in ample supply. The existence of Catholic Heaven has been well documented.If I didn't leave the … [Read more...]

St. Mary Magdalene, The Penitent …

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... Today is the memorial of my patron saint, St. Mary Magdalene.When I was being confirmed some people assumed my choosing her implied we shared a scandalous unseemly past."Oh, you've taken the reformed prostitute as your patron saint, eh? That's, um, interesting."No. I have taken The Penitent as my patron saint.The feast of St. Mary Magdalene is considered one of the most mystical of feasts, and it is said that of all the songs of the saints, that of Mary Magdalene is … [Read more...]

A Husband Who Asks For A Divorce and the Wife Who Doesn’t Buy it…

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... I've been married and unhappy. I've been single and unhappy too. I've even been in perfectly wonderful relationships and been utterly miserable. There have been times in my life where I have been more successful and financially better off than other times and I can count instances of unhappiness there as well.That's because my unhappiness had zero, zilch, nothing to do with the external factors of my life during those times. Running away from responsibilities never made me happier, … [Read more...]

Happily Declaring The Walking Dead To Be Fully Catholic…

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... Who would choose Hell if given the choice?The Catechism of the Catholic Church says;CCC1037 -- God predestines no one to go to hell; for this, a willful turning away from God (a mortal sin) is necessary, and persistence in it until the end.I'd always wondered what that looked like, being so willful to choose Hell and so lost in your own sins that accepting mercy seems like an impossibility. This past Sunday night, we were given a dark glimpse of a soul forever lost. … [Read more...]


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