Check out episode 44 of @catholicammo featuring yours truly! Yeah I’m not that important 😂but please check out some of their other content.
Just a clarification, I made a small typo at the beginning. I’m actually one of 8 kids in my family. A small error but I know my family will call me out on it!!😂 Hope you enjoy! And give @catholicammo a big follow if you haven’t already!
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
Today marks the end of the second week of Advent, meaning that my favorite season of the year is half over. I have always grieved that Advent and finals come at the same time because, by necessity, Advent takes the backseat to my work. As an academic, it’s likely that this will remain the case for the rest of my life. This year, a dear friend invited me to join her in reading the Bearing Light Advent devotional from Blessed Is She. While I definitely have NOT kept up with it daily, I’ve tried to do so and haven’t missed many days (always making up the days I missed!). Even a short meditation each morning on this and the other devotional I’m using has helped me immensely. I may not be the #catholicposterchild these days, but I’m definitely engaging with my spirituality more now than I have in a long time. (Thanks, Lauren, for the invitation to prayer.) Hope you all are taking time for quiet contemplation and prayer, whether you’re preparing for Christ or for Yule or simply for the New Year (I’m doing all three). With 🖤. #romancatholic#blessedisshe#advent#waitingforadvent#prayer#yule#newyears#preparation
// How has your journey of capturing beauty in churches led to deeper faith? //
Each time I enter a new church I am in awe of the beauty of the Catholic faith – it feels as though Heaven and Earth meet. Having a beautifully designed church really helps to feel the Lord’s presence and to worship Him.
Read more of my interview about how I started my faith photography page on @nogreaterloveblog!! 💛
“Marriage is about convenance. It’a about covenant.” The sacredness of marriage sets us apart from Protestants. Marriage is a covenant with each other and God. A covenant is more than a contract. Covenants are to the death. Marriage is between a man and a woman that is open to children. One cannot go to the civil authorities for a simple ceremony and a piece of paper and call the union a marriage within the Catholic Church. One cannot “try” it to see how it goes. Once married, the sweet loving emotions fade into a more mature love. Just because one doesn’t have the sweet emotion that they did when they dated does not mean they need to divorce. Satan plays with emotions. Marriage is deeper than emotion. It becomes a duty that when done with love is a great reward. Raising children and growing old together is hard work. Want to better your marriage? Work on yourself and do something nice for your spouse. It took time to get where you are, it will take time to get better. Remember Satan wants you to quit. #traditionalcatholic#catholichurch#catholic#romancatholic#traditianorder#catholicmarriage#marriage#covenant
🌹“Evening fog blankets the Church of Santa Maria Nuova – Cortona”
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🌹“Evening fog blankets the Church of Santa Maria Nuova – Cortona”… Rising high upon the hillside below Cortona, the church of Santa Maria Nuova stands majestically keeping a watchful eye over the valley. The ancient dome ascends above the trees, and especially during foggy weather, aspires toward the heavens. Initial construction began in 1550 when Giorgio Vasari became engaged with the project. One of my favorite Renaissance men, Vasari was an Italian painter, architect, writer, and historian. He is famous today for his “Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects,” and considered the ideological foundation of art-historical writing. The design changed to a classic Renaissance style temple based on the Greek cross plan. The Church’s location was predestined, as miraculous apparitions of the Madonna occurred on this exact setting. It is also located along the road which leads to Del Convento di Celle fondato da San Francesco (Convent of the Cells founded by St. Francis). Stationed below the ancient wall and olive trees, the noble dome seemed to pierce into the dramatic clouds above…confident in its symbolic beauty. Fog often seeps up the ancient hilltop of Cortona from the valley and lake below to the cooler fortified town above. The enchanting effect will bequeath one with mystical views of the distinguished Basilica immersed in a haze of clouds.
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Viri Galilei Schola singing the Propers for the Mass directed by David Hughes Choir Director of the Parish.
The Rorate Caeli Mass is a traditional Advent devotion wherein the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Advent is offered just before dawn. In many instances families and individuals travel an hour or more, rising and arriving very early for this stunningly beautiful Mass. The interplay of light and darkness speak to the meaning of Advent and the coming of the Light of the world.
The Mass takes its title, Rorate Caeli, from the first words of the Introit, which are from Isaiah 45:8: “Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.” “Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Saviour.” The Rorate Mass is lit only by candlelight. Because it is a votive Mass in Mary’s honor, white vestments are worn instead of Advent violet. In the dimly lit setting, priests and faithful prepare to honor the Light of the world, Who is soon to be born, and offer praise to God for the gift of Our Lady. As the Mass proceeds and sunrise approaches, the church becomes progressively brighter, illumined by the sun as our Faith is illumined by Christ.
The readings and prayers of the Mass foretell the prophecy of the Virgin who would bear a Son called Emmanuel, and call on all to raise the gates of their hearts and their societies to let Christ the King enter; asking for the grace to receive eternal life by the merits of the Incarnation and saving Resurrection of Our Lord.
Advent Day 14: This week 5 priests were at St. Mark to give the Sacrament of First Reconciliation to our second graders.
But it wasn’t the priest last who gave them forgiveness— it was Christ.
This Advent, seek forgiveness from Christ.
We are created for goodness and holiness. When we sin, in a sense, we become less of who we were created to be. Healing happens when our sins are forgiven.
Confession is offered:
• Saturday’s from 3-4:45 pm (there’s generally no line at 3 pm)
• Everyday 45 minutes before Mass (ending 15 minutes prior to the start of Mass) • Wednesdays from 5:45-7:15 pm
“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins.
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.”
These words, spoken by the prophet St. Isaiah, are foretelling the coming of the Messiah, who is God’s glory becoming flesh, as recounted by St. John: “The Word became flesh, and we saw His glory.” (John 1:14) Israel is told that their sins will be forgiven, their battle will be won; for a savior will come forth. But there is a dual meaning; the text also speaks of the Lord’s second coming, where Jesus Christ will return to earth and judge all mankind, where he comes “with a strong hand” to beat the nations and “his reward is with him,” ready to be handed out to each and every soul according to their deeds.
This Bible text is part of a series of Advent devotions, consisting of a psalter and scripture readings for each Sunday of Advent. I regret not posting the readings on the first and second Sunday of advent, but after posting this one and the next, I will be posting the next two on their assigned Sundays, together with some reflections upon the two comings of Christ.