Posted in honor of the feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15th (Also celebrated the Friday before Good Friday).
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.
“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:
These are selections from a 2007-10 street art series, the theme of which was “small things.” At the time it seemed to me that so much of street art was either macho and bombastic, or had a sense of forced cuteness. I wanted to focus on the theme of the small while avoiding a twee sensibility.
There is a place in Belgium called Geel, with a special community practice toward the mentally ill.
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.
“In other respects an exquisite youth, he attracted to himself a whole retinue of young people addicted to evil and accustomed to vice.”