Let the Empty Specters of the Deceiving World Not Drive You Mad

Adapted directly and faithfully from Clare’s letter to Ermentrude of Bruges:

Gaze upon Him,
consider Him,
contemplate Him,
as you desire to imitate Him.

This labor of ours is brief, but the reward is eternal;
do not be disturbed by the clamor of the world, which passes like a shadow;
let the empty specters of the deceiving world not drive you mad;
shut your ears to the whispers of hell and, strong, break down its attempts against you.
Pray and be always vigilant.  

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The Married Saints

“I am longing to be near you, my dear Louis. I love you with all my heart, and I feel my affection so much more when you’re not here with me. It would be impossible for me to live apart from you.”
Zelie, in a letter to Louis

Today is the feast day of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, not the first married Saints by far, but the first married pair to be canonized as a couple..

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Madonna Lactans

“Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!” -Luke 11:27

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the icon of the Galaktotrophousa, or “milk-giver”, is celebrated on July 3rd (and/or January 12th).

From the marvelous blog A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons:

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You See My Heart

This post is in honor of the Feast Day of St. Agatha. Due to the conditions of her imprisonment and the nature of her tortures- her legend includes the excision of her breasts- she is the patron Saint of rape and sexual assault survivors, as well as bakers, nurses, and those afflicted by breast cancer.

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