On the Incarnation #14

from the Treatise De Incarnatione Verbi Dei by St. Athanasius.. ..from my Substack The Trinity Sends St. Gabriel to Announce to Mary the Incarnation, Pietro Novelli, Il Monrealese You know what happens when a portrait that has been painted on a panel becomes liberated through external stains. The artist does not throw away the panel, but…

Life is charming..

.. On seeing the hidden charms of life. .. from my substack God has made it so. Heckfield Place in Hampshire, England The phrase such charms of life came to me on my way to Mass this past Sunday, 15 minutes before the feast of Christ the King in the Roman Calendar. This was after I found my…

Come.

.. an s-note from my Wine to Water substack. I’ve really had a hard time focusing these past couple of days. You know why.. It feels like I need confession, a purge. Here’s where I am mentally, spiritually, physically: -I cannot write. -I’m having difficulty praying, sitting still, focusing. -All the prep I did for Nano evaporated,…

3 ways God touched my heart in a moment

Allegory of Charity by Zurbarán It must have been my fatigue. Not that we did anything mentally vigorous today in our teacher training.. We were introduced to new virtual learning management system today. People spoke while I leisurely tried intuiting the platform. It was an easy, second day back, but by the time 3p rolled…

Caveat City*

Delivery of the Keys, Perugino Entering the fray - August 9, 2020 update I try again, this time, publicly putting my cowardly writing neck out there through @thedivinemirror. I've no clue who will follow along - I can't say I would, there's hardly any structure to what I'm proposing as a writing group - but…

On healing.. and remembering purity of heart. #snapshotmicropost

detail from the Allegory of Charity by Zurbarán.. Yesterday, I'd listed a slew of holy books I'd surrounded myself with these past couple of days. I've decided to dive back into Francisco de Osuna's The Third Spiritual Alphabet - while keeping In Sinu Jesu, my New Testament, my Breviaries accessible for the next several weeks.…

Holy Books surround me ..

The Annunciation, Carracci.. I only need to measure the stack of books around me to know when my prayer life is unanchored. Currently surrounding my laptop this moment.. .. with author & section noted: Humility of Heart by Fr. cajetan Mary da Bergamo; #69: "The true reason for which God bestows so many graces upon…

Hello, again – a first snapshot micropost

snapshot from a church in Montreuil.. Nothing like working off 2 hours of sleep & non-stop brew of coffee to get over a writer's block.. I'm going to go ahead and take today & just purge whatever hesitation, unlock whatever noticings I have today. Hopefully, it won't be too reactive - I still have enough…

Everything is pointless unless we pray..

For the 1,000 time.. And seek refuge.. Give ear, O thou that rulest Israel: thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep. Thou that sittest upon the cherubims, shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasses.79:3 Stir up thy might, and come to save us..Psalm 79, Ad Tertiam, Ss. Joannis et Pauli Martyrum So, I've just done another…