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Mar 24 - Oscar Romero - artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS. Happy Feast Day Oscar

March 24th, 2019

Mar 24 - Oscar Romero - artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS. Happy Feast Day Oscar

Mar 24 - “Oscar Romero” © artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS. Happy Feast Day Oscar!

Beautiful is the moment in which we understand that we are no more than an instrument of God; we live only as long as God wants us to live; we can only do as much as God makes us able to do; we are only as intelligent as God would have us be.
–Oscar Romero

His feast day is March 24.

https://www.trinitystores.com/artwork/oscar-romero

Mar 24 - Lent, 3rd Sunday - The Woman at the Well - artwork by Julie Lonneman.

March 24th, 2019

Mar 24 - Lent, 3rd Sunday - The Woman at the Well - artwork by Julie Lonneman.

Mar 24 - “Lent, 3rd Sunday: The Woman at the Well” © artwork by Julie Lonneman.

Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well. It was about noon.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, "How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?" (For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." (The woman) said to him, "Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; where then can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?" Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
(John 4:5-14)

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Mar 24 - Oscar Romero - icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. Happy Feast Day Oscar

March 24th, 2019

Mar 24 - Oscar Romero - icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. Happy Feast Day Oscar

Mar 24 - “Oscar Romero” © icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. Happy Feast Day Oscar!

The model for bishop in the ancient church was a shepherd who walked before his people through whatever dangers they might face. He stood among the poor and the oppressed. And like the Apostles before him, he died a martyr.

While medieval bishops became princes and many modern bishops become bureaucratic administrators, the bishop as pastor among the people is reappearing in the church. Oscar Romero was such a bishop.

Although the wealthy class called him a friend of revolution, he was a peacemaker. He knew that simply ending rebel violence would not end the greater violence induced by poverty and hunger. Society had to be restructured so that children would not die of malnutrition and disease while their parents could not find decent work. Though he encouraged peaceful reform, where violence was unavoidable he worked to overcome the spirit of hatred and vengeance.

His pulpit became a font of truth when the government censored news. He risked his own life as he defended the poor and oppressed. He walked among the people and listened. "I am a shepherd," he said, "who, with his people, has begun to learn a beautiful and difficult truth: our Christian faith requires that we submerge ourselves in this world."

Killed by an assassin’s bullet as he celebrated Mass on March 24, 1980, his last words described the grain of wheat that must die in order to bear fruit. Like his Savior, he died poor, forgiving his murderers. He was buried in the cathedral where he had preached justice. And now people from many nations come to his tomb to find strength in their struggle.

His feast day is March 24.

https://www.trinitystores.com/artwork/st-oscar-romero-el-salvador

Mar 23 - St. Basil of Mangazeya - icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. Happy Feast Day St. Basil

March 23rd, 2019

Mar 23 - St. Basil of Mangazeya - icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. Happy Feast Day St. Basil

Mar 23 - “St. Basil of Mangazeya” © icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. Happy Feast Day St. Basil!

St. Basil is one of a number of Russian saints referred to as “Passion-bearers,” because in accepting unjust suffering with patience and even love, they reflect the example of Jesus.

Basil was the son of a merchant in Yaroslavl, about 160 miles northeast of Moscow. When he was a teenager, his father sent him to work with another merchant in Mangazaya, a town in Siberia. Robbers broke into his master’s shop one day while he was praying in church. His master accused him of helping the robbers, and he beat him to force him to confess. When Basil maintained his innocence, his master turned him over to a local official who tortured him to death.

Almost fifty years later, when his remains were unearthed, they were found to be incorrupt. People began praying to him in their need, and many were healed. He is one of the most popular saints of Siberia.

His feast day is March 23.

https://www.trinitystores.com/artwork/st-basil-mangazeya

Mar 22 - Queen of Heaven, Mother of Earth - artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS.

March 22nd, 2019

Mar 22 - Queen of Heaven, Mother of Earth - artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS.

Mar 22 - “Queen of Heaven, Mother of Earth” © artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS.

Hail, Holy Queen,
Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope!
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping
in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Amen.

https://www.trinitystores.com/artwork/queen-heaven-mother-earth

Mar 21 - Mary, Star of the Sea - artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS.

March 21st, 2019

Mar 21 - Mary, Star of the Sea - artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS.

Mar 21 - “Mary, Star of the Sea” © artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS.

In this image, Mary bears the Light of the World beneath her cape and calms the stormy seas of our hearts.

https://www.trinitystores.com/artwork/mary-star-sea

Mar 20 - Life Is Changed, Not Taken Away - artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS.

March 20th, 2019

Mar 20 - Life Is Changed, Not Taken Away - artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS.

Mar 20 - “Life Is Changed, Not Taken Away” © artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS.

Vita Mutatur, Non Tollitur
(Life Is Changed, Not Taken Away)

https://www.trinitystores.com/artwork/life-changed-not-taken-away

Mar 19 - St. Joseph and Child Jesus - icon by Joan Cole. Happy Feast Day St. Joseph

March 19th, 2019

Mar 19 - St. Joseph and Child Jesus - icon by Joan Cole. Happy Feast Day St. Joseph

Mar 19 - “St. Joseph and Child Jesus” © icon by Joan Cole. Happy Feast Day St. Joseph!

O glorious St. Joseph, to you God committed the care of His only begotten Son amid the many dangers of this world. We come to you and ask you to take under your special protection the children God has given us. Through holy baptism they became children of God and members of His Holy Church. We consecrate them to you today, that through this consecration they may become your foster children. Guard them, guide their steps in life, form their hearts after the hearts of Jesus and Mary. Amen.

His feast day is March 19.

https://www.trinitystores.com/artwork/st-joseph-and-child-jesus

Mar 19 - St. Joseph of Nazareth - icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. Happy Feast Day St. Joseph

March 19th, 2019

Mar 19 - St. Joseph of Nazareth - icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. Happy Feast Day St. Joseph

Mar 19 - “St. Joseph of Nazareth” © icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. Happy Feast Day St. Joseph!

This icon depicts St. Joseph with the Christ Child, when Christ was presented in the Temple. By Jewish law, a mother had to bring an offering to the Temple and be purified 40 days after giving birth. The normal offering was a sheep, but a poor family, like Christ’s, could bring a pair of doves instead. Behind Christ is the cave where he was born in Bethlehem. Above Joseph’s other shoulder is the city of Jerusalem, with its Temple. While the doves are to be offered on this day, at the end of Christ’s life, he himself will be the sacrificial victim in Jerusalem.

Departing from strict Byzantine iconography, Joseph is depicted as a middle-aged man rather then with white hair. Possible confusion about Mary’s virginity is not a modern issue. Today we struggle with issues of affection, and it is more important to respect Christ’s need for a father figure in his childhood. Like any other child, Christ needed and wanted, a father’s love and example.

The Greek inscription in the upper corners of the icon reads "St. Joseph of Nazareth." The Greek letters next to Christ’s halo are abbreviations for "Jesus Christ," and the letters inside his halo are the divine name revealed to Moses: "I am who I am."

His feast day is March 19.

https://www.trinitystores.com/artwork/st-joseph-nazareth

Mar 19 - St. Joseph and Christ Child - icon by Lewis Williams, OFS. Happy Feast Day St. Joseph

March 19th, 2019

Mar 19 - St. Joseph and Christ Child - icon by Lewis Williams, OFS. Happy Feast Day St. Joseph

Mar 19 - “St. Joseph and Christ Child” © icon by Lewis Williams, OFS. Happy Feast Day St. Joseph!

(Excerpt from Dom Prosper Gueranger’s prayer to St Joseph)
“We Praise and glorify you, O happy saint! We hail you as the spouse of the Queen of heaven, and foster father of the Redeemer… Though born of the kingly race of David, you were the humblest of men; your spirit led you to seek obscurity, and a hidden life was your ambition: but God chose you to be an instrument in the sublimest of all his works… The Son of God comes down to this earth that he may live the life of a man; He comes that he may sanctify the ties and affections of kindred. He calls you father; he obeys your orders. What strange emotions must have filled your heart, O Joseph!

O sublime minister of the greatest of blessings, intercede for us with God made Man. Ask Him to bestow humility upon us… Pray also for us that we may be chaste. Without purity of mind and body we cannot come near the God of all sanctity …”

Protect and guide us in the challenging task of raising a family. Give us strength, wisdom, humor and patience.

His feast day is March 19.

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