Pietro Annigoni’s Immaculate Heart of Mary

Painted in 1961 for the Church of the same name (Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Hayes, Middlesex), Mary is depicted as the strong Mother of Mankind. The child, sleeping peacefully on her arm, represents humanity undisturbed by the chaos of the world, shown in the blazing explosion of the background. Mary’s foot crushesContinue reading “Pietro Annigoni’s Immaculate Heart of Mary”

Francis or Dominic? Anthony replies.

The disputes between the Franciscans and Dominicans had become so intense at one point in history that the Pope had to intervene in their conflict. But it wasn’t so in the beginning with their founders. There are many stories told of the founder of the Franciscans and some are contained in a little book calledContinue reading “Francis or Dominic? Anthony replies.”

Nine Day Countdown to Pentecost: The Original Novena

The original novena took place after Jesus ascended into heaven and His disciples, (the scriptures tell us about 120 in number), followed Jesus’ instructions by remaining in Jerusalem and waited for the promised ‘gift of the Father’, the Holy Spirit. They gathered in the upper room for prayer, and not insignificant, of these 120 only Mary, the Mother of Jesus is mentioned by name.

Communion Solution: Protective Shield

‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ was put to work this past week when a company in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio started producing framed plexiglass shields, with a small opening in it, for the distribution of Holy Communion, protecting the Priest and the communicants. Fox8 reports: CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (WJW) — As the Catholic Diocese ofContinue reading “Communion Solution: Protective Shield”

Pope’s Plea: “Let’s Take Care of Creation, Gift of Our Good Creator God.”

Pope Francis has invited everyone to participate in Laudato Si‘ week, May 16 to May 24, to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of his encyclical, On Care of Our Common Home. In a televised message Pope Francis asks. What kind of world do we want to leave those who come after us, to children who areContinue reading “Pope’s Plea: “Let’s Take Care of Creation, Gift of Our Good Creator God.””

Damien of Moloka’i: Saint to the Lepers

May Day 11 Today we honor Saint Damien de Veuster, as our 11th ‘patron against plague’ in our search for one for each day of May. And Brandon Vogt has written an excellent brief biography of the Saint for Word on Fire: “When Damien de Veuster arrived in Hawaii in 1864, he found an island-communityContinue reading “Damien of Moloka’i: Saint to the Lepers”

Camillus: 16th Century First Responder

May Day 9 Pope Francis, in his Mass intention of yesterday, called on us to pray for the Red Cross and the Red Crescent so today we call upon the intercession of Saint Camillus de Lellis, who founded the original ‘Red Cross’ centuries ago, as we continue our month of May search for ’31 patronsContinue reading “Camillus: 16th Century First Responder”

The Supplica: Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii May 8

May Day 8 Two days every year, May 8 and the first Sunday in October, pilgrims from all over the world gather at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii to petition the Mother of God for their necessities under her title, Our Lady of the Rosary. In our search for 31 ‘patrons against plague’Continue reading “The Supplica: Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii May 8”