An intrepid contingent of pilgrims left by bus from Holy Cross to participate in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. today. The weather always presents a challenge, especially these days when forecasters seem so prone to maximize the potential of every flake of snow into a major blizzard.
The experience of being part of so many people who are pro-life is one not to be missed! We should have some photos later in the day.
The Father of Western monasticism, Anthony chose a life a solitude in the desert, but as so often happens, the holiness and reputation of a holy hermit draws pilgrims and eventually he founded a monastery of like-spirited desert dwellers. Their poverty and solitude embodied their vision of leaving all and following Jesus.
I never paid too much attention to the pig or wild boar which is depicted with St. Anthony in some works of art, but now see that the boar is very frequently at his side. The original association was with a healing Anthony performed on a wild boar but became joined to the medieval use of lard as a soothing skin lotion for certain maladies for which the afflicted prayed to St. Anthony for relief. St. Anthony is joined atop the facade in St. Peter's by a faithful, grateful boar.
Old timers may remember Sri Lanka as Ceylon, an island off the southeast coast of India. Father Vaz, a native of Goa, India, evangelized there in the late 16th and early 17th centuries and was instrumental in re-establishing the church in Sri Lanka. Pope Francis canonized Fr. Vaz during his pastoral visit to Sri Lanka in 2015.
An admiral at age 20, married with child, selected Doge of Venice. Served for two years during which he used substantial funds of his own to help rebuild and restore the Kingdom of Venice from fire and destruction. Built orphanages, hospitals and showed care for the poor while helping rebuild St. Mark's Cathedral. Abdicated his throne and left his wife (with her consent) to become a monk and later a hermit. He became known for his sanctity and miracle working. He certainly led an interesting and varied life.
St. Adrian of Canterbury, having declined the papal offer to become Archbishop of Canterbury (twice), nevertheless traveled to England and became abbot of the St. Augustine's Abbey, a place which he developed into a center of classical learning and Catholic identity in England. He was noted for his preaching, teaching and sanctity, even among a population that was sometimes inimical to the Catholic faith.
St. Raymond of Penafort, Dominican preacher and important figure in the history of Canon Law. Patron of lawyers, he is shown with a book of Canon Law and the key of authority in the church on his cincture. He lived to nearly 100 years of age - quite a notable feat in the 12th - 13th centuries.
A photo from the time of construction of the "new" bridge over the Shrewsbury River showing Sea Bright below and Rumson above. The Prentice Mansion and Holy Cross Church can be seen on Ward Avenue and Rumson Road in the upper right corner of the picture.
The mayor, council, guests and citizens gather to swear in new public officials and pass organizational resolutions in the new pavilion at Sea Bright.
There are a few blurs from raindrops on the camera lens, as it began to pour steadily after the meeting. This is the library and beach pavilion from the boardwalk atop the sea wall. View is facing north.
Photo of the former Bayley Seton Hospital on Staten Island, re-named by the Sisters of Charity when they took control of the hospital from the US Public Health Service in 1980 to honor their foundress Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton and her father Dr. Richard Bayley.
The campus has been sold and resold since then but the cross still remains on the front of the main building. An urban explorer website of abandoned buildings photographed the prayer plaque on a wall of one of the abandoned buildings.
IHS stands for the name of JESUS, with various explanations having been given over the years for the amalgam. It was used by early preachers on icons, banners and insignias who promoted devotion to the feast and to the name of Jesus, Himself. Today you will see he insignia in church art of all kinds. In some churches, one could spend a great deal of time counting the number of times the insignia appears on pews, windows, altars and more. While counting, reverently holding the name of Jesus in prayer would be a good pious practice.
Pray for our bishops who gather this week for a spiritual retreat at Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago for the wisdom, strength and prudence to deal with the abuse scandals besetting the Church.
St. Basil The Great, a doctor of the Church and founder of Eastern Monasticism wrote and preached in defense of the Divinity of Christ and the truths of the Catholic faith.
He wrote that our jealousy of those who have more than us isn't so much born of a resentment of them for what they have, but a belief that our unhappiness springs from our lack of the things we covet. It is our envious discontent that causes our suffering.
In Dante's Purgatorio , the envious are gathered together clothed in sackcloth and have their eyes sutured closed with metal wires. They all have little or nothing and cannot envy what they cannot see.