Happy Birthday, Georg Gänswein…

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... ad multos annos.To celebrate I thought I'd share a small sampling of photos I've collected over the years. I had hundreds and hundreds of images to choose from. These are my favorite.What? I'm not obsessed. … [Read more...]

Norfolk, VA Scouts Hoping to Solve Local Gang Problems…

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... I got such a soft spot in my heart for the Boy Scouts of America. I've been blessed to be part of a wonderful, active troop lead by dedicated and faithful fathers who are really committed to their kids.The BSA has taught my son self reliance, helped him become more independent and confident, and has taught him the virtues of helping others and respecting authority. Stuff I can teach but that really, for boys, needs to be reinforced by adult male role models.When my son needs Scout … [Read more...]

500 Year Old Madonna Processes Down the Tiber for Festa de’ Noantri…

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... the Festa de' Noantri brings Mary down the Tiber and by the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere with a welcoming of fireworks.Fireworks for Mary over Santa Maria in Trastevere. pic.twitter.com/pyRjpxx6ho— Mountain Butorac (@CatholicTravel) July 27, 2014A five hundred year old Mary just arrived by boat on the Tiber. Now processing through Trastevere. pic.twitter.com/xoXvqO5CO2— Mountain Butorac (@CatholicTravel) July 27, 2014More about the Festa de' Noantri … [Read more...]

I discovered a new bird today…

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... This morning I saw the most stunning bird sitting in my fig tree. I had never seen anything so perfect looking with such flawless plumage. It almost didn't look real. Then I spent all morning looking online for the bird whose "tips had been dipped in paint", as I described it.Meet the Ceder Waxwing.They've been known to fly in rowdy groups and get drunk off berries.A bird after my own heart. … [Read more...]

The Duet…

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... Hand drawn animation by the incredibly talented Disney artist, Glen Keane.Sometimes it's nice to share beautiful things for no other reason than they make you happy. … [Read more...]

Nun Gazing …

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The Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb, a contemplative order made up of women with Down syndrome.H/T Catholic Priest-Alter Christus … [Read more...]

Fillion Friday…

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... I know it's technically Wednesday but it's Nathan Fillion, so the laws of time be damned. … [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...]

Novena to St. Ann – Days 4, 5, and 6…

... Because I'm a slacker.Also, if you were depending on me to remind you about this novena you've come to the wrong place. This is the right place. From there you can receive daily email reminders, which is the only way I remember. So if you see me in adoration looking at my tablet don't be all judge-y. I'm just reading my daily prayers.Day 4 - The Saint Anne NovenaGlorious Saint Anne, I kneel in confidence at your feet, for you also have tasted the bitterness and sorrow of … [Read more...]


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