June 15th, 2019
Jun 15 - “Lord of the Dance” © artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS.
I danced in the morning
When the world was begun,
And I danced in the moon
And the stars and the sun,
And I came down from heaven
And I danced on the earth,
At Bethlehem I had my birth.
Refrain: Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he
June 14th, 2019
Jun 14 - “Holy Trinity” © icon by Joan Cole.
We believe that the one God eternally exists in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God, co-equal and co-eternal, having precisely the same nature and attributes, and worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience.
June 13th, 2019
Jun 13 - “St. Anthony of Padua” © icon by Joan Cole. Happy Feast Day St. Anthony!
Dear Saint Anthony, your prayers obtained miracles during your lifetime. You still seem to move at ease in the realm of minor and major miracles. Saint Anthony, Performer of Miracles, please obtain for me the blessings God holds in reserve for those who serve Him. Pray that I may be worthy of the promises my Lord Jesus attaches to confident prayer. (mention your special intentions)
His feast day is June 13.
June 13th, 2019
Jun 13 - “St. Anthony of Padua” © icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. Happy Feast Day St. Anthony!
Anthony was born in Lisbon, Portugal. As a young man he joined the Augustinian Order, where he received an excellent education. At 25, he received permission to transfer to the new Franciscan Order. Although he had hoped to work and die as a missionary in northern Africa, his poor health forced him to remain in Europe.
The Franciscans recognized his exceptional gift of preaching, and assigned him to areas in Italy where the Cathari and Waldensian sects were attracting many followers. St. Francis knew him personally, and it was through Anthony’s example of combining knowledge with humility and holiness that Francis allowed his other friars to pursue education.
Besides his extensive preaching tours on foot, Anthony also served as a theology professor and a superior among his fellow Franciscans. He had a profound love for solitude, and spent as much time in solitary prayer as his duties permitted. Near the end of his life, a benefactor built him a hermitage in a large walnut tree.
In spite of the many miles he walked, Anthony became quite fat in his last years. The day of his death, he suffered what may have been a stroke. At his own request, he was carried in an ox-cart for five or six hours to Padua. He died before reaching the city, but was buried there with great solemnity. He was canonized by the pope the following year.
Anthony is remembered as a great miracle-worker, both during his life and since his death. He is often pictured with the Christ child, who appeared to him one night before his death. He is particularly popular among the poor of the world, who have found in him a ready ear for their many needs.
His feast day is June 13.
June 12th, 2019
Jun 12 - “Be Like Little Children 2” © artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS.
And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
June 11th, 2019
Jun 11 - “Founders of the Srs. of St. Joseph” © artwork by Julie Lonneman.
The Congregation of St. Joseph traces its roots to the village of Lepuy, France, where, in 1650, six ordinary women, ranging in age from 15 to 46, formed a religious community to serve their neighbors in need. Their director, Jesuit missionary Jean Pierre Medaille, envisioned a new kind of religious community, and thus the sisters were without cloister or habit (revolutionary at the time), lived in small groups, and worked to support themselves. With their “feet in the street”, the sisters tirelessly devoted themselves to alleviating the spiritual and physical suffering that surrounded them.
“This group will be called the Congregation of St. Joseph, a cherished name which will remind the Sisters to assist and serve their dear neighbor with the same care, loving attention, charity, and cordiality that…St. Joseph had in serving [Mary]…and Jesus….”
—Fr. Jean Pierre Médaille, SJ
June 10th, 2019
Jun 10 - “St. Daniel of Achinsk” © icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. Happy Feast Day St. Daniel!
St. Daniel was a poor Cossack from the Ukraine who fought in the War of 1812. He became an army officer when he returned from Paris. He also began reading spiritual books. He abandoned his military career because of his desire to become a monk, and was punished with a sentence of hard labor in Siberia. The governor in Siberia freed him when he recognized Daniel’s devoutly Christian character.
Daniel settled in Achinsk, near Krasnoyarsk. He wore chains, fasted strictly, and lived in solitude. In time he attained the gift of clairvoyance and achieved fame as a lay elder. He was canonized in 1984.
His feast day is June 10.
June 9th, 2019
Jun 9 - “St. Columba” © artwork by Brenda Nippert. Happy Feast Day St. Columba!
Saint Columba was an Irish monk who spread the Christian faith in Scotland and Northern England. He was a wonderful poet and the best copyist and illumination artist of his time. He founded many churches and monasteries, but his most famous monastery was on the island of Iona. He taught the monks to illuminate the word of God, this meant to decorate the words with beautiful designs, borders and pictures. The most beautiful illuminated manuscripts come from Ireland and Scotland. Saint Columba's monks handed their methods down through the generations. In medieval times the Columban monks at Iona created the most beautiful, most famous illuminated manuscript of all time, it is called the Book of Kells. It contains the four Gospels in Latin along with several other passages. The pages are decorated with incredibly intricate Celtic borders entwined with beautiful birds, animals, flowers, figures and faces. This book is often called the Book of Columba in honor of the father of these incredibly skilled artisans. It is preserved today as Ireland's greatest national treasure.
His feast day is June 9.
June 9th, 2019
Jun 9 - “St. Columcill” © artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS. Happy Feast Day St. Columcill!
O Lord, grant us that love which can never die, which will enkindle our lamps but not extinguish them, so that they may shine in us and bring light to others. Most dear Savior, enkindle our lamps that they may shine forever in your temple. May we receive unquenchable light from you so that our darkness will be illuminated and the darkness of the world will be made less. Amen.
His feast day is June 9.
June 8th, 2019
Jun 8 - “Our Lady of Light: Help of the Addicted” © artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS.
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, stands as a towering figure of light in the darkness. She is a timeless reminder of God’s abiding and gentle love for each of us, no matter who we are, what we do, or how many times we stumble on our journey. Her hair is streaked with gray to signify the wisdom that comes with age and experience.
The painting is filled with age-old symbols and some newer, more personal ones as well. Mary is dressed in blue, a traditional color of the inner peace and serenity which she inspires in us. Surrounding her head are twelve stars, another very traditional symbol of Mary in art, but here they also serve as a reminder of the twelve steps of recovery, the main source of spiritual, emotional, and physical healing for people seeking sobriety and health.
Mary holds a broken cocktail glass in her hands, to remind us that our most life-changing lessons come from our deepest pains and trials. As Saint Paul said, “When I am weak, then I am strong.” Three flowers grow from the soil in the glass, each with a symbolic purpose: the lotus is an ancient symbol of enlightenment and beauty; the gold rose reminds us of the glorious mysteries of the rosary which are all about life transformed; and the lily stands for the hope of Easter and its promise of starting over again each and every day. Because the lily is shaped like a cup, it is seen as a vessel “filled with grace.”