"I would rather account to God for too great gentleness than for too great severity. God the Father is the Father of mercy; God the Son is a Lamb; God the Holy Spirit is a Dove..." ~St. Francis de Sales
"Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength." ~St. Francis de Sales
Mother of God
and the Christ Child
The Child Jesus
Fonteney et Peltier
DIVINE BIRD KEEPER The birdsnatcher has taken advantage of your inexperience, but I am the Poor Dove and I will rescue you. Bouasse-Lebel 1177
As a mother
caresses her child,
so I comfort you.
Bouasse Lebel 782B
THE GOOD SHEPHERD
LEADS HIS FLOCK
AND CARRIES THE LAMB
TOO WEAK TO WALK.
"If I can unite in myself the thought and devotion of Eastern and Western Christendom, the Greek and the Latin Fathers, the Russian and the Spanish mystics, I can prepare in myself the reunion of divided Christians. From that secret and unspoken unity in myself can eventually come a visible and manifest unity of all Christians. If we want to bring together what is divided, we cannot do so by imposing one division upon the other. If we do this, the union is not Christian. It is political and doomed to further conflict. We must contain all the divided worlds in ourselves and transcend them in Christ."~ Fr. Thomas Merton 1915-1968
Although tomorrow will see the beginning of Ordinary Time, and Christmas trees camedown after Epiphany, the close of the Christmas season is actually not until Candlemas ( Feast of the Presentation of the Lord ) on February 2nd. I find this a lovely excuse to continue posting images of the Christ Child throughout January.
"He came to save all through himself – all, I say, who through him are reborn in God; infants, and children, and youths, and old men. Therefore he passed through every age, becoming an infant for infants, sanctifying infants; a child for children, sanctifying those who are of that age . . . . so that he might be the perfect teacher in all things, perfect not only in respect to the setting forth of truth, perfect also in respect to relative age." ~Tertullian (Against Heresies A.D. 189)
Saint Peter-Thomas, Patriarch of Constantinople Blessed are the lives of those who are consumed in the service of Holy Church! ~ St. Teresa of Jesus
St. Peter Thomas was inspired by an intense desire to promote peace and Christian unity. Quoting from the web site below, "His life may be summarized in three words: Mary, Union of the Greeks, and Jerusalem." St. Peter Thomas
I love the artist's touch of placing over the Carmelite heart the monogram of Mary.
The month of January is traditionally dedicated to Holy Name of Jesus and also to the childhood of Jesus.
Feasts in January:
1. Mary, Mother of God: (S) Jan. 1 (Vigil, Dec. 31)
3. Holy Name of Jesus: Feast Jan. 3
8. Epiphany Sunday: (S) Jan. 6, 2013 (USA)
20. Infant of Prague: 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
24. St. Francis de Sales: (M) Jan 24 (formerly Jan. 29)
Carmelite Feast Days
7. St. Peter-Thomas: Carmelite (M), January 8