SAINT JOSEPH A L’EGLISE ST. JEAN BOSCO, PARIS: Art Deco stained glass shows Mary’s chaste husband with lily, square. GFreihalter photo @ wikimedia.org + AURORA ROSA

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Deutsch: Bleiglasfenster in der Kirche (Langhaus, rechte Seite) Saint-Jean-Bosco in Paris (79, rue Alexandre-Dumas im 20. arrondissement), Darstellung: hl. Josef
Date 11 September 2010
Source Own work
Author GFreihalter

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In honour of the Annunciation

Originally posted on Shrine Talks:

The solemnity of the Annunciation is celebrated every year on the 25th of March, exactly 9 months before Christmas. This is the moment when the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her of God’s plan for her. Mary’s obedience on this day is the perfect example of trusting in the Lord, that we ought to follow. On this day, it is a good opportunity to pray for the Pro-Life movement, as Jesus’ conception is celebrated on this day.

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The Archbasilica of St John Lateran

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The Archbasilica of St John Lateran

This is a beautiful church in Rome, which is the seat of the Bishop of Rome, also known as the Pope. The beauty of Christianity can be beautifully expressed through architecture and sacred art while remaining truthful to the mystery of the Church. God gave each of us many gifts, and we ought to use those gifts to glorify him. This is an example of how one’s own creative gifts can be used to glorify God and to draw others into the mystery of Christ. Evangelisation through beauty is a real thing!

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Cultivating Sacred Space: Week 4 “Seeing the Light”

Originally posted on Sacred Space at St. Thomas:

Fourth Sunday in Lent: March 30, 2014

Weekly Lectionary Readings

This week as we continue on our Lenten journey of “Cultivating Sacred Space” we are invited to see the light in new and inspiring ways. We begin in the Old Testament reading with Samuel grieving over Saul; surely, the darkness that can accompany grief and loss is something many of us know all too well on our spiritual journey.

In the Psalm, we read the familiar words of Psalm 23…but maybe we pause to hear the words a bit more personally, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4). We begin to realize that we are not alone, and the flicker of the light of God’s presence begins to ignite.

As if in response, the Epistle reading…

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Blessing at the Close of the Day

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A spiritual practice to close the day:

At the end of the day, we are sometimes tired, worn out, and ready to sleep.  For many of us, our minds don’t turn off quite as quickly as our bodies may wish.  A spiritual practice of closing the day with prayer and reflection may offer us an opportunity to set aside the chaotic thoughts and align our body, mind, and spirit into rest.  In this prayer, “Vespers”, John O’Donohue blesses this closing time of day.  Read it quietly, either silently or out loud, as you close your waking day:

As light departs to let the earth be one with night,
Silence deepens in the mind, and thoughts grow slow;
The basket of twilight brims over with colors
Gathered from within the sacred meadows of the day
And offered like blessings to the gathering Tenebrae.

After the day’s frenzy, may the heart grow…

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