... a woman's heart holds secrets deeper than the sea. Bernardino Luini, Portrait of a Lady c.1515I have always liked this portrait. She wears a subtle sly smile and her eyes are almost daring you to try and uncover her secret. … [Read more...]

never try to acquire a reputation for being a scholar…

"If you wish to profit by the reading of Scripture, then do so with humility, simplicity and faith and never try to acquire a reputation for being a scholar. Inquire, and then listen meekly to what Scripture tells you. Do not be critical of the sayings of the ancient fathers, for they were not written without reason."-Thomas A Kempis, Imitation of Christ (Bk.1, Chpt. 5, p. 2)Art by Rubens. … [Read more...]

... at this point I would even welcome insomnia, as it would provide me reprieve from the horrors that plague my dreams. … [Read more...]

I am profoundly worthless…

Looking upon the crucufied Christ and images from His agony and passion makes me feel profoundly worthless and fills me with shame. How can He love us so much to endure such torments? I can tolerate so few and am disgusted by the most minor irratations from others. The effort to love those that drive my insane is so great at times that I am awed at God's love for even the most wretched sinners, of whom I am the first. It would be frivoulous of me to compare my struggles to love my enemies with … [Read more...]

a little help…

... where can one find Eastern Catholic resources and ideas for children's formation and preparation for the sacraments? I need to organize some format for my parish. The ages are from 6-9 years of age. Thanks!Ideally, I am looking for something geared toward children with activities for them and material that can be found online... read, free. … [Read more...]

Edmund Blair Leighton, St. Elizabeth feeding the poor … [Read more...]

St. Elizabeth of Hungary feeding the poor. … [Read more...]

Marriage of St. Elizabeth of Hungary to Ludwig of Thuringia. … [Read more...]

All her strength and care were now devoted to the poor and the sick…

Marianne Stokes, St. Elizabeth of Hungary c.1885St. Elizabeth of HungaryElizabeth was the daughter of the Hungarian King Andrew II. At the age of four (b. 1207), she was brought to the court of her future husband, Ludwig, landgrave of Thuringia. After her marriage in 1221, she very conscientiously fulfilled her duties both toward her husband and as a servant of God. During the night she would rise from bed and spend long periods in prayer. Zealously she performed all types of charitable acts; … [Read more...]

recognize and honor Christ in the poor of this world…

St. Elizabeth on the left.Collect: Father, you helped Elizabeth of Hungary to recognize and honor Christ in the poor of this world. Let her prayers help us to serve our brothers and sisters in time of trouble and need. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. … [Read more...]

bravely bear the trials and sufferings of life…

...Holy martyr Erasmus, who didst willingly and bravely bear the trials and sufferings of life, and by thy charity didst console many fellow-sufferers; I implore thee to remember me in my needs and to intercede for me with God. Staunch confessor of the Faith, victorious vanquisher of all tortures, pray to Jesus for me and ask Him to grant me the grace to live and die in the Faith through which thou didst obtain the crown of glory. Amen.Matthias Grunwald, St. Erasmus meets St. Maurice c.1520 … [Read more...]

practice the precepts of faith…

...O God, grant us through the intercession of Thy dauntless bishop and martyr Erasmus, who so valiantly confessed the Faith, that we may learn the doctrine of this faith, practice its precepts, and thereby be made worthy to attain its promises. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.Deric Bouts the Elder, St.Erasmus Disemboweled c.1458 … [Read more...]

lover of the Sacred Heart…

"What a weakness it is to love Jesus Christ only when He Caresses us, and to be cold immediately once He afflicts us. This is not true love. Thouse who love thus, love themselves too much to love God with all their heart."Saint Margaret Mary AlacoqueMy patron saint for 2009... a very interesting choice... interesting & fitting considering. … [Read more...]

Hans Holbein the Younger c. 1526 … [Read more...]

place your all in Him who lacks nothing…

... media overload can cause some serious anxiety to set in, as well as having little or no hope at all for this nation and it's future. Compound to that the increasingly cryptic and vividly unsettling dreams I am plagued with. Then I received this email...You must guard your understanding from daydreams and thoughts of earthly things. You must completely free the inclination of your will from worldly cares and cling with all your being to the supreme true good with fervent love. You must keep … [Read more...]

St. Didacus …

Didacus (or Diego, Jacob) was born in the town of San Nicolas, Andalusia. From early youth he showed a love for solitude. At Arrizafa, near Cordova, he became a Franciscan brother and was outstanding in humility and obedience. He had little formal education, yet through divine enlightenment in no way lacked wisdom. As a missionary he visited the Canary Islands and was appointed first superior of the new foundation there. In 1450 Pope Nicholas V confided to his care the sick in the celebrated … [Read more...]

Mother Cabrini…

St. Frances Xavier CabriniThis saint, the first United States citizen to be canonized, was born in Italy of parents who were farmers. She was the thirteenth child, born when her mother was fifty-two years old. The missionary spirit was awakened in her as a little girl when her father read stories of the missions to his children. She received a good education, and at eighteen was awarded the normal school certificate. For a while she helped the pastor teach catechism and visited the sick and the … [Read more...]

please make it stop…

... put down the newspaper. turn off the tv. back away from the computer. Now focus...... much better. … [Read more...]

gay rights…

... whatever. Homosexuals are not victims without rights. The real victims in this country are the ones that hold Christian values and are unable to express them. Welcome to our new civilized nation. … [Read more...]

no seriously, people….

... in case you didn't hear me before; we are (insert expletive) doomed. … [Read more...]

more on single issue voters…

... there has been some debate about the topic, mainly that single issues voters have a narrow skew on issues of importance. Yes, people are poor and unemployed and war sucks. Guess what though, there will always be poor people, unemployed people and people fighting each other. For a single man to claim his fruit looped Utopian empty promises of "hopenchange" can remedy this is just plain asinine and narcissistic. No man on earth has that power... Führer, your messianic complex is showing. … [Read more...]

more “hopenchange” …

... change.gov undergoes some "change". Word "required" removed from his Nazi influenced community service agenda. I guess some one informed our new Führer-elect about a little thing called the Thirteenth Amendment. Amendment XIIISection 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. … [Read more...]

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he tramples the devil underfoot…

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he conquers all spiritual enemies…

Carlo Crivelli c. 1476 … [Read more...]