April 3, 2011

So today at the parish we were busting up old bookshelves infested with termites with sledgehammers (all for the greater glory of God of course), took a couple hours cuz there was a bunch of other junk to get rid of… anyways at the very end of the day I got a splinter or something in my eye, and I wasn’t even busting up wood (it must have been floating around in the air).  So, I went to the bathroom and started rinsing my eye.  Five minutes later and the speck of wood is still in there.  I’m starting to get worried.  I then say, “St. Raphael, patron of healing, pray for us… Mary Mother of Christians, pray for us.”  Lo and behold, though I wasn’t currently rinsing my eye with water, whatever was in my eye stopped bothering me.  So I’d just like to say thank you to the most overlooked Archangel, Raphael (who is totally awesome, he also has a connection with eyes when you read the book of Tobit)… as well as Mary, because I love my Mama.

It’s not scientific proof of God or anything, but hey, it was cool, and that was my experience.  AMDG.

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December 13, 2010

A digital Christmas story.

I LOVE this.  This is what engaging the culture with truth looks like!

December 6, 2010
Inmaculada Concepción (La Colosal), oil on canvas (~1650)
Bartolomé Murillo

Inmaculada Concepción (La Colosal), oil on canvas (~1650)

Bartolomé Murillo

October 27, 2010
Symbology of the Four Evangelists

If in Church you ever see a winged cow or lion and think, “What’s that all about?” Here is a short primer on the symbols and why they are used.

 

Lion: Mark starts with John the Baptist “crying out in the wilderness” the association has been made by some between that voice of John and the roar of the lion.  Also Mark is associated with the lion because the lion was rumored to sleep with one eye open, a connection with the Resurrection.  Lastly, the lion is seen as a “king of the animal kingdom”, and Christ is our king.  The lion is also courageous, and Christians will need courage to follow Christ

 

Human:  Matthew is depicted as a human because he begins his Gospel with a genealogy.  Jesus is also portrayed very humanly, he is clearly God incarnated, not just God pretending to be human.  This helps us to relate to Jesus, knowing that He was truly human just as we are human.

The Ox:  The ox is associated with the Gospel of Luke.  The ox is seen as a symbol of sacrifice, service, and strength.  We Christians should be prepared to sacrifice of ourselves for others as Christ did.

The Eagle:  The Eagle was thought to be able to stare straight into the sun.  John explains things on a “higher” level than the Synoptic Gospels.  The eagle also represents the Ascension of Jesus and His divine nature.  For Christians today, we are called to look towards eternity without flinching as we move towards our ultimate union with God.

 

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