Between 2007-2012, I made music under the name Orphanspace.
You can listen to (and download) the recordings for free here.
Adapted directly and faithfully from Clare’s letter to Ermentrude of Bruges:
Gaze upon 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.
This post is in honor of the Feast Day of Edith Stein, or St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, patron Saint of Europe, the loss of parents, martyrs, and Jewish converts to Catholicism.
“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:
There is a place in Belgium called Geel, with a special community practice toward the mentally ill.
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.
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.
This post is in honor of Our Sorrowful Mother, whose feast is observed both September 15th as well as the Friday before Good Friday.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Words from Pope Benedict:
“In other respects an exquisite youth, he attracted to himself a whole retinue of young people addicted to evil and accustomed to vice.”