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Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Chain Gang

My "cloistered" brothers are learning to crochet.  Do you believe it! They want to make baby blankets for newborns. 

You should see their focus.  The idea is to relax them and get them to share their thoughts and feelings but since they are just learning the room is quiet.  Everyone is focusing on their work.

I called this post "The Chain Gang" because the first thing one learns to do in crochet is to make a chain.

The Litany of The Sacred Heart: A Loving Prayer of Reparation to Our Lord

The Litany of The Sacred Heart: A Loving Prayer of Reparation to Our Lord: The Litany of the Sacred Heart is an important part of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in which we make reparation through adoration for the offenses committed against Our Lord’s Sacred Heart.

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You know I'm a religious nut, already.  Well, if you don't, this should give you a hint.  I'm studying the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Why?  Because Frank Kelly told me that if I don't have a devotion to Margaret Mary Alacoque's spirituality to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I will.

So, I'm reading Haurietis Aquas          and Annum Sacrum

In the apparitions to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Jesus gives these twelve promises for those who are devoted to His Sacred Heart.

The Twelve Promises of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary for those devoted to His Sacred Heart:
  1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
  2. I will establish peace in their families.
  3. I will console them in all their troubles.
  4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of their death.
  5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
  6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.
  7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
  8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
  9. I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
  10. I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.
  11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced.
  12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.
"Look at this Heart which has loved men so much, and yet men do not want to love Me in return. Through you My divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth."


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Epic Fail

I keep seeing this photo and just pass it by.  I see it on Dominican pages so I know it's a Dominican Rite Mass caught right at the elevation of the Host. Nice.  (ho hum)

I never noticed the background. 

Look at the wall.  It's not a wall.  That's the tomb of St. Dominic in Bologna, Italy.  St. Dominic requested that he just be buried under the feet of his brothers to walk over him.  His wishes were ignored.  His body was moved a couple of times, for beatification and canonization.  His final resting place is in the  Basilica of San Domenico in BolognaItaly.

His tomb took centuries to build.  It is now called an ark.  Many sculptors added to it, including Michelangelo. 

It is beautiful.

Back to the photo.  Mass is being celebrated.  But not by just any priest.  The Mass celebrant is the 87th Successor to Saint Dominic, Master Gerard Timoner, OP. And the photographer captured the quintessential moment of the raison d'etre of every priest, the Elevation of the Eucharist.A

Awesome.  How could I miss that?

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Gestapo Followup

Yesterday, I reminisced about the childhood game, we called Gestapo.  It was really about mercy because it was in that foolish game that I first learned what mercy meant.

As a child, it meant stop being mean and cruel. But as an adult, I think deeper.  Now, I know that mercy involves love. Not that the two concepts are equal but that true mercy comes from love.

I will give you an example.  After work, on Fridays, hubby goes out with the guys.  They go to a pub to have some beers.  Not often, but a few times, he has come home drunk.  I grow furious waiting for him.  My imagination goes wild:
Was he in an accident?                                               
Is he hurt?
Did he hurt someone?
Was he arrested?

Part of me is emotionally hurt.  Why does he prefer the company of the guys, to his wife?
Part of me is disgusted.  I had a childhood with a drunk.  I don't intend to spend my adult life with one!

So when he comes home, (whenever that will be) I plan to scream at him.  I'll demand that he stop going out on Friday or I'll leave him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But, you know what happens?  The minute I see him or hear him coming up the stairs, all the rage and angst just dissipates.  It melts off me.  I am so happy to see him; I can't say anything I planned to say. I'm relieved he's home.

Not that we don't have a conversation the next day, but it is grossly tempered with reason.  Anyway, that's mercy.

Mercy is about my love for my husband, even when he doesn't deserve it.

New Liturgical Movement

Photopost Request: All Saints and All Souls 2019

Our next photopost will be for the feast of All Saints and the Commemoration of All Souls, this Friday and Saturday. As always, we welcome pictures of Mass in either Form, or the Ordinariate Rite, as well as the vigil Mass of All Saints, celebrations of the Divine Office / Liturgy of the Hours on any of these days, and displays of relics. (The posts will also include some spontaneous submissions from the EF feast of Christ the King.) Please be sure to include the name and location of the church, and always feel free to add any other information you think important; email them to (Zipfiles are preferred.) Evangelize through beauty!New Liturgical Movement 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019


Back in the "good ole days," we played a game we called Gestapo.  It was nothing like the Gestapo simulation games some children played.  Another one.

No, my neighborhood's Gestapo was simple (and stupid).  It consisted of one child bending a finger of another child back so far until the child cried out in pain for mercy.  That's it.

Then the perpetrator simply stopped. 

Consequently and obviously, this game was only played on newcomers.  Everyone else knew better.

My point in this post is how young were you when you understood the concept of mercy?  

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Animals are Animals

Sometimes dogs just don't like people. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.  Their smell?  Their demeanor? Their fear?

But it doesn't mean anything.  I've had dogs growl at me and cats jump into my lap.  Don't put human motives on the animal.

I know this and was reminded of this knowledge when I read G.K. Chesterton's The Oracle of the Dog.  It's a short story and available for free to read, here.

This is a Father Brown mystery.  Someone is killed and it seems like the dog fingers the guilty party.  But it's not that simple.  The dog simply didn't like the person.  The dog didn't know who committed the crime. 

It's a quick read.  Enjoy.

The Chain Gang

My "cloistered" brothers are learning to crochet.  Do you believe it! They want to make baby blankets for newborns.  You shou...