He Stirs and Soothes and Pierces My Heart

(Note: The following post was made previous to my conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy.)

Today is the feast day of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, the man who wanted only to live the simple life of a cloistered Cistercian monk, but ended up traveling the world, advising Popes, scattering heretical sects, and much more.

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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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The Song of Bernadette (1943)

(Note: The following post was made previous to my conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy.)

The Song of Bernadette (1943) is, of course, the story of St. Bernadette and her visions at Lourdes. It is a gorgeous film- in fact, this is the one which moved me to include stills as part of this series.

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