Today, we encounter "Saint Peter Damian Offering the Rule of the Camaldolese Order to the Virgin" by Pietro da Cortona. For a reflection about this painting, please click on the image. Peace be with you!
Many saints through the ages have had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother and consecrated their lives to Jesus through Mary; most recent and notable: Saint Louis de Montfort, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Saint John Paul II, to name a few. In Catholic teachings, consecration to Mary does not diminish or substitute the love of God, but enhances it, for all consecration is ultimately made to God. Throughout his pontificate Pope John Paul II taught us that such a devotion to Mary, in an act of Marian consecration, is to entrust all of one's being through, with, and in the Virgin Mother. His episcopal motto, Totus Tuus, from the Latin meaning "all yours," is the example of giving oneself to Jesus totally, wholeheartedly, and unreservedly through, with, and in his mother whose lifeblood he shared with her; and through the Paschal Mystery, in this Mystery of Faith - the Eucharist - he shares with the whole human race. For the Reason2bCatholic Prayer of Consecration, to Jesus through Mary, on this Feast of the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary, please click on the image. Peace be with you!
Each year on August 22nd the Catholic Church celebrates a memorial feast recognizing the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven. This, like all other Marian feasts, reminds us that we can turn to Mary in every need, counting on her intercession and and mediation. For more about the Queenship of Mary and saints who had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin, please click on the image. Peace be with you!
"If I were to describe sunlight to a blind person this is what I'd make them listen to," was the description of the young Kushala Daora on YouTube. Another said in response to her comment, "This is what I imagine a sunrise sounds like." Music stirs the soul. It enlivens man because in music we can encounter the good, the true, and the beautiful. Man is ordered to such things because, as the Catholic Church teaches, in such things we encounter God. Today, we encounter a beautiful rendition of "Hymn of the Cherubim" by Tchaikovsky performed by the USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir. It's a beautiful piece of music for sure from the man who also composed "The Nutcracker," "Swan Lake," and the "1812 Overture". What's more, when you listen to it, you can get lost in it and forget that it's only human voices you hear. The human experience is made richer when man meets his Creator - sometimes, again, for the first time. There is a longing inside every human being that the world cannot satisfy. It's when we ask, "Why is there something rather than nothing?" Or when we contemplate things like our own existence in the Universe that we begin on the road - on our own journey - to the One who created the heavens and the earth; and you: a unique composition of body and soul. As C. S. Lewis famously said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” You can listen to this beautiful work of human art, "Hymn of the Cherubim" here. Hope you enjoy. Peace be with you!
Man is ordered to the good, the true, and the beautiful because, as the Catholic Church teaches, in such things we encounter God. Today, we encounter a beautiful rendition of "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert. The Catholic prayer, of the same name, is based on Luke's Gospel account of Mary's Annunciation with the Angel Gabriel, and the Visitation with her cousin Elizabeth.