The Star of the Sea, the Sea of Sorrow

Today, in honor of the special devotion of the Church during the month of May to the Blessed Virgin, I offer a five-day prayer to Mary with St. Catherine of Siena:

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All Covered with Blood and Wounds

This post is in honor of Our Sorrowful Mother, whose feast is observed both September 15th as well as the Friday before Good Friday.

Left: After the statue of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in the church of San Miguel.
Right: After the statue of Our Lady of Seven Dolours in the church of Santa Cruz in Madrid, Spain. From the 2016 series.

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The Song of Bernadette (1943)

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

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It should be noted that The Song of Bernadette was adapted from Franz Werfel’s book of the same name, which is itself a dramatized interpretation of the events surrounding the life of St. Bernadette and the Marian apparitions. (You can read a little about the discrepancies in the wikipedia article.) Still, I certainly recommend it. Bonus: A young Vincent Price plays a supporting character.

Here is a link to the full film. As always, if you have access to a local video store which carries such rare gems, please support them. Not only is it the right thing to do, but the image quality will be much better than a youtube video!

And by the way- this post is in honor of the feast day of St. Bernadette, which is April 16th. However, since this year it falls on Easter, I am posting this on one of her alternate feast-days: February 18th, the day her Lady promised to give her happiness- not in this life, but in the next. xo


Citing this page:
Solomon, Alana. “The Song of Bernadette (1943).” Ortolana Studio & Press. Ortolana Studio & Press, 7 May. 2017.

Nativity of Our Lord

Merry Christmas everyone!

Words from Pope Benedict:

“The question is: Is the humanity of our time still waiting for a Savior? One has the feeling that many consider God as foreign to their own interests. Apparently, they do not need him. They live as though he did not exist and, worse still, as though he were an “obstacle” to remove in order to fulfill themselves. Even among believers—we are sure of it—some let themselves be attracted by enticing dreams and distracted by misleading doctrines that suggest deceptive shortcuts to happiness. Yet, despite its contradictions, worries and tragedies, and perhaps precisely because of them, humanity today seeks a path of renewal, of salvation, it seeks a Savior and awaits, sometimes unconsciously, the coming of the Savior who renews the world and our life, the coming of Christ, the one true Redeemer of man and of the whole of man.”

mary-and-child-jesus-aqua-smallThe Blessed Virgin Mary and the Christ Child, after an icon.
From the 2016 series.

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