Tuesday, August 4, 2015

form a crown most precious
Bouasse Lebel 1288

Monday, August 3, 2015

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

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Feast of Mary Queen of Angels, August 2

Queen of Angels
The angels contemplate her beauty
and obey her in all things.
Mary, make us worthy to be called your children.
Dopter, Paris

Saturday, August 1, 2015

She is a garden enclosed and a fountain sealed. ~ Song of Songs
Open to me your Immaculate Heart, O Mary. I have chosen it as home.
Souvenir of December 8, 1854

AUGUST: Devotion The Heart of Mary

AUGUST: Devotion The Heart of Mary

Feasts and Memorials in August:
1. St. Alfonsus Liguri (M) August 1
2. Our Lady Queen of Angels (F) August 2
4. St. John Vianney (Cure d'Ars) (M) August 4
5. Dedication of St. Mary Major (M) August 5
6. Transfiguration of Christ: (F) August 6
8. St. Dominic (M) August 8
20. St. Bernard of Clairvaux: (M) August 20
22. Queenship of Mary (M) August 22
28. St. Augustine (M) August 28

Friday, July 31, 2015

O, My Savior Jesus Christ, only object of my desires.
Come and participate in the body and blood
 of the victim immolated for us; come and remember 
that this death is our life.
Jacques Benigne Bossuet, Bishop of Meaux in France

Basilica of the Precious Blood

Basilica of the Precious Blood in Bruges
What greater proof of love could Jesus give us than the sacrifice of himself?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Let us draw from this divine source 
that always overflows and never runs out.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sanctuary of Love
What can I do to imitate You?

St. Martha: Feast Day, July 29

Martha, Martha,
one thing only is needful.
Luke 10:41-42 
St. Augustine's sermon
on Martha and Mary

Feast of St. Martha

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sacred Heart of Jesus, be my Love!

Monday, July 27, 2015

It is Jesus Christ who is given to us!

It is Jesus Christ Who is Given to Us

Sunday, July 26, 2015

St Anne with Virgin and Child

Flemish engraving St Anne with Jesus and Mary
Jesus Maria Anna

Sts. Joachim and Anne

Saturday, July 25, 2015

He has freed all those who, through fear of death,
throughout their whole lives
were subjugated to bondage.

Feast of St. James, July 25

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Precious Blood

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Mother of Divine Grace: Feast Day July 23

Mother of Divine Grace 
( Our Lady of the Bowed Head )
Vienna, Austria
to story of the miraculous image.
I am the Fountain of Living Water...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

This is the true Bread of Heaven

Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, July 22

Holy Joys of God's Returning.

In the first post-resurrection encounter, Jesus appears to Mary of Magdala in the garden who does not recognize Him until, hearing Him speak the name, Mary, her eyes are opened and she turns to Him.  Look at the beautiful space between their outstretched hands. Reminiscent of Michaelangelo's painting of the Creation of Adam in the Garden of Eden, the space is filled with Life and Love. The work of our return to Life begins when, like the Penitent, each of us who has recognized the Risen Lord as our personal Savior turns to Him and receives Eternal Life through the action of the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father into the disorder of our lives, He begins the work of our sanctification and, through us, the restoration of paradise.  Through the metaphor of the garden, we can picture the Divine Gardener as He asks us to wait in expectation for the action of the Spirit whose work and whose joy it is to restore within the seeming isolation and disorder of the human condition, the true image of the Triune God. By divine grace, it is here in the heart that we are being healed, put into right relationship with God and with one another. As the Penitent runs to tell the others, so we bring Christ to one another and to the whole of creation.

From the small album:
A Garden Enclosed

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Your hearts are gardens precious to the Lord.
Sprinkle the life-giving waters of the Cross on the lilies that are planted there. 
Bouasse Lebel 1344

Monday, July 20, 2015

St. Elijah: Carmelite Solemnity - July 20

Please visit:
~Elijah Album~  for other engravings and devotional images of the prophet and links to the Bible narrative

The Holy Prophet of God Elias, Leader and Father of the Carmelite Order

Inscription in cave where, according to Carmelite tradition, Elijah stayed: "Hanc aliquando speluncam incoluit Maguns illa Prophetarum Dux et Pater Elias Thesbites". Latin for "in this cave stayed occasionally the great leader and father of the prophets Elijah the Tishbite ".

Carmelite Series III no.33
The Blood of Christ
 hand colored Lejeune

Sunday, July 19, 2015

May your Precious Blood purify my soul.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Blood of Jesus!

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Lamb conducts to the fountains of Living Water 
those whose robes are washed white in His Blood.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Jesus, my God,
make it that I may love you 
as you love me.
Maison Basset

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: July 16

O.L. of Mount Carmel Pray for Us
K. van de Vyvere - Petyr Brugge

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

It is the Blood of the Son of God
that opens for us the door of heaven. 
Blot, Paris

7th Day Novena of O.L. of Mt. Carmel

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Blood of Jesus Christ
Lejeune, Paris

6th Day Novena of O.L. of Mt. Carmel

Sunday, July 12, 2015

O my Jesus, how dry the heart that moves away from you.

5th Day of Novena to O.L. Of Mt. Carmel

Saturday, July 11, 2015

La Bruna: Crowned by Vatican decree on July 11, 1875

Link to: La  Bruna (The Virgin of Tenderness, or Eleousa)  the earliest image venerated by the Carmelite Order with  history of the miraculous icon from the writing of Carol Cruz.

References to La Bruna on the internet often link to The Marian Library at Dayton Universiy. Unfortunately, the author of the article cites no sources to support his subjective interpretation of La Bruna.

For those who want sound teaching on the meaning of icons, the following books are foundational: Art of the Icon: A Theology of Beauty by Paul Evdokimov and Fr. Steven Bigham   
The Meaning of Icons, by Vladimir Lossky with Léonid Ouspensky
Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying With Icons by Henri J.M Nouwen

St. Benedict, Father of Monasticism: Feast Day March 21 / July 11

St. Benedict's Summer Feast Day

Fr. Lawrence reminded us to leave all and enter the monastery of the heart.
Formed there, one is made ready to take Christ into the world.  "The message is the messenger,"  he said. But only through prayer and meditation does this become possible.

4th Day Novena to O.L. of Mt. Carmel

Friday, July 10, 2015

Thursday, July 9, 2015

...Jesus himself gives us the food divine.
He bleeds for us, his blood pouring milk
to wash and feed his children.

2nd Day Novena to O.L. of Mt. Carmel


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The faithful sheep quenches its thirst 
at the life-giving sources of the Savior.

Monday, July 6, 2015

O Most Sweet Jesus
You are not my judge but my Savior.
Indugenced Prayer
This holy card was touched to the relic of
the Precious Blood in the Basilica of the Holy Blood in Bruges, Belgium.
Look at the Blood flowing down his cheeks 
and then at the Blood flowing from the Crown of Thorns and you will see
that the artist allows us to imagine the eyes of our Savior opening and closing