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

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

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

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

“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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A Resting Place in the Wild

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

For the special devotion of the Church, during the month of June, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a beautiful vintage prayer card from the now-shuttered blog Holy Card Heaven.

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And All Manner of Things Shall Be Well

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

May 13th is the Feast Day of Julian of Norwich: 14th century mystic, theologian, anchoress, and author of the first English language book known to have been written by a woman.

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By Means of That Flesh We Draw Milk

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

The feast day of St. Catherine of Siena is April 29th. I consider her my Patron Saint, the woman who helped bring me to the Church.

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“The traditional commonplace scandalizes modern man. The most subversive book in our time would be a compendium of proverbs.”

For the last few days I have been perusing a website dedicated to posting English translations of the aphorisms of Colombian philosopher Nicolás Gómez Dávila (aka “Don Colacho”).

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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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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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