Fourth Sunday in Advent

As the deer longs for streams of living water, 
so my soul longs for you, O God.
Life-Giving Fountain
This image is based on the icon by this name venerated in the Christian East.
collage - hand colored and hand made 
in the mid 1800's
Victorian scrap die cut figure
I will attract all to myself by my the watchful care of my kindness.
Bouasse Lebel 1099
I became a child to attract you to Me.
Happy the soul who loves me.
Bouasse Lebel 999

St. John of the Cross: Carmelite Solemnity, December 14

St. John of the Cross, Doctor of Mystical Theology

(Spiritual Canticle music)

What is hard about the burden?
The night?  The road?
If you carry the
Light  to souls,
sublime destiny!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12

Our Lady of Guadalupe Madrid, circa 1900
As the deer thirsts for the source of living water 
so my soul for you, Lord. I fly away to you, and I arrive.    Based on Psalm 21:2
Benzieger Brothers, Einseideln

Translation of the Holy House of Loreto: Feast Day, December 10

Flemish engraving by Lodewyk Joseph Fruytiers
hand-colored Amsterdam, circa late 1700's

Holy House of Loreto

A touching story
All our good comes from Him. 
One finds nothing but joy and sweetness in His friendship.
Boussse Lebel

All for Jesus 
Hearts for the cherishing, 
flowers to adorn His sancutary.
 Bouasse Lebel

The Immaculate Conception: Solemnity, December 8

Immaculate Mary

For additional images that celebrate this great Mystery please see:
small album ~ Virgin Mary, Love's Pure Light

Vigil of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

I breathed the fragrance of their virtue, and drew them to myself to form the heart of my Mother.
Bouasse Lebel 103

2nd Sunday in Advent

As the deer longs for streams of living water
so my soul longs for you, O God.

Saint Nicholas Day, December 6th

St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra Greek (270 –  346) Because his relics were translated to Bari in southern Italy in 1087, he is also known as St. Nicolas of Bari. His holy relics poured healing myrrh, and even today, fragrant myrrh  streams through many of his icons.

Sermon by St. Augustine for the
Feast of St. Nicholas

First Friday

The Little Jesus

My God, receive me into your Divine Heart.
Bouasse Lebel

St. John of Damascus, Doctor of the Church: Memorial, December 4

The Icon of Three Hands
St. John Damascene was the great defender of icons. Because of his defense of the holy images and because of his great ability as a writer, the order was given by the iconoclasts that his right hand be cut off at the wrist. St. John asked for the severed hand and prayed before the icon known as the Hodegetria or She Who Shows the Way. Asking fervently that his hand might be restored, he fell asleep exhausted.  Virgin Mary came to him in a dream; when awoke his hand was miraculously restored with only a red line showing.  In gratitude, St. John composed the hymn "In thee, O Full of Grace, all creation rejoices" The icon before which St. John prayed exists to this day on Mount Athos in the Hilander Monastery. It is called Tricherousa, or Panagia "Of  Three Hands" due to the silver hand which St. John placed on the icon as a testament to the above miracle.  See: The Icon of the Three Hands Additional links: small album ~ Doctors of the Church

Apologia Against Those Who Decry Holy Images)

I want to plant my Cross there.
Bouasse Lebel
This image recalls the beautiful words of St. Cathrine of Sienna
"We were the ground where the banner of His Holy Cross was set."
This holy card also carries something of the pattern of the Orthodox icon known as Christ Emmanuel ~ Jesus, fully God, fully man, his forehead large showing the Wisdom of God, his expression at once sweet and serious.
 "Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall 
be called Emmanuel, which being interpreted is God with us." 
Matthew 1:23
Faith, Hope, and Love
These are the keys to my paradise that I bring to the earth. 
Bouasse Lebel, Paris 1058

Ven. Leon DuPont, Apostle of the Holy Face: December 1st.

Ven. Leon DuPont, Apostle of the Holy Face Dec.1

Small album ~ The Holy Face 

Exact copy of the Image of the Holy Face conserved in the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome. Bouasse Lebel 667 

The Feast Day of the Holy Face is observed on Shrove Tuesday, a movable feast celebrated next on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mother of the Angels

DECEMBER: Devotion, The Immaculate Conception

The Advent Season Christmas and the beginning of Christmastide
 Feast Days:
1. Ven. Leon DuPont, Apostle of the Holy Face Dec.1
4. St. John Damascene: (M) Dec. 4
6. St. Nicholas (M) Dec. 6
8. Immaculate Conception (S) Dec. 8
10. Translation of the Holy House of Loreto, Dec. 10
12. Our Lady of Guadalupe (M) Dec. 12
14. St. John of the Cross (M) Dec. 14
24. Christmas Eve
25. Christmas (S) Dec. 25
27. St. John, Apostle & Evangelist (F) Dec. 27
31. Vigil of Mary, Mother of God (S)

Advent Dates for 2013
December 7 - Second Sunday of Advent
December 14 - Third Sunday of Advent  (Gaudete Sunday)
December 21 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

25 -  Christmas - Holy Day of Obligation

Small Albums ~ through December 23:
Small albums for Christmastide (Feast of the Nativity until Baptism of the Lord)

Let us not attach ourselves to the foreign land, 
not search for sweetness, except in the Light.
Jesus, Joy of Angels

The Redeemer of the World
The path that leads to life is narrow and difficult,
but whatever it costs me there will I go.

Thanksgiving Day (U.S.A.) Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Let us consecrate to the Lord
All we have received from Him

Mother of Divine Providence
Bouasse Lebel 49 
By it we will be saved.
hand colored np
O, kind Mother, the contrite sinner
finds in you his anchor of salvation.
Courage, Courage We will get there.
on verso
The Sheep of Heaven
Happy are those who aspire to heaven.
Bouasse Lebel

Oh, when will I go, when will I fly to the bosom of my God?

The End of the Voyage
It is night. We are gaining the port...
We touch it: ALLELULIA!
Chas. Letaille

St. Elisabeth of Hungary: Memorial, November 17

"Remember always that you are made by the hands of God, and act accordingly."
~ St. Elisabeth of Hungary

Story of
St. Elisabeth of Hungary

Hungarian Cinnamon Bread 
From Catholic Cuisine
Plentitude of Light.  
Perfect fullness.
The Lord God will be their light.
And all things
will be clearly disclosed to them,

Feast of Our Lady of Ostra Brama: November 16

The link above gives history and includes the thoughts of Pope John Paul II as well as St. Faustina's description of the miraculous connection between her visions of the The Divine Mercy and her vision of Our Lady of Ostra Brama.

All Souls of the Carmelite Order: Feast Day, November 15

"On this day the Order remembers in prayer, and confides to the loving mercy of God, all the members of the Carmelite Family who have died." from All Souls of the Carmelite Order, Feast Day
To love... to suffer... to die... in union with Mary.

All Saints of the Carmelite Order: Feast Day, November 14

"On this day the Carmelite Family celebrates the memory of all its holy men and women, those known and those unknown, those living on Earth and those living in Heaven, who reflect the glory of God." 
from All Carmelite Saints Feast Day

Text beneath engraving:
"Mon coeur n'aspire qu'à voir Dieu dans sa gloire"
"My heart aspires to nothing except to see God in His glory."