Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hounds of the Lord Book Review

I cannot help but love the title of this book as well as the beautiful cover depicting many of the great Dominican Saints who by their preaching and their teaching and their example "enlighten and enflame the world". "For eight hundred years, the 'hounds of the Lord' have barked out Christ's message, saving countless souls and showing us how to live in the glory of God."

Author Kevin Vost tells a little of the life of each Saint but most importantly examines them as "thinkers, doers and lovers". I think the format of his writing is important, in that, many of the extreme penances of these Saints are difficult for us to relate to but their reasoning, their actions toward others and their intentions are things for which we can strive in our own lives. We are each made in the image and likeness of God and each called to "put on the mind of Christ" and to "go out to all the world" and preach the Good News of Salvation and to love one another. These Dominican Saints truly loved and their lives teach us how we too can love. These Dominican Saints were truly joyful as they served the Lord by serving others. The Hounds of the Lord is a beautiful glimpse inside the lives of souls on fire with the Spirit, of souls willing to carry that flame out and ignite the world, of souls whose energy and zeal for life is contagious. Consider reading this a little at a time on your own or, as I did, with a book club. Regardless, as you enjoy these Dominican Saints, "Let their example serve as inspiration, and (dare to) let loose the hound of the Lord within you."

Friday, October 21, 2016

Metal Artwork from Haiti

This angel is a great example of the use of drum barrels to create fabulous artwork we carry in the bookstore. It is easy to see that the head and near the bottom of the skirt are the large and small spouts in the top of the barrels. Crosses, nativity plaques, St. Francis plaques, angels and scripture verse plaques are included in the beautiful display of artwork from Haiti. "In the 1950s, DeWitt Peters, a patron of Haitian arts, was intrigued by the iron crosses marking many of the above-ground tombs. Peters discovered the blacksmith who had fashioned the crosses, soon to be renowned Haitian artist Georges Liautaud…and so began Haitian metal art. The original raw material was iron, but with many goods shipped to Haiti in 55-gallon steel oil drums, there was a ready supply of discarded drums for the artisans.
Over the years the number of Haitian metal artists has multiplied via families and mentor / students embracing the craft. The center of Haitian metal arts is the village of Croix-des-Bouquets, where the clang-clang of metal on metal, the hammers banging out the sculptures, provides constant music. The artisans start with designs inspired by nature and culture. From cardboard patterns, they trace their design with chalk on the flattened metal from torn-down oil drums. With chisels and hammers, they carefully cut and decorate the metal by hand. Each piece is shaped and smoothed, then the artists boldly and proudly chisel their name on to the metal sculpture." Thank you to "Beyond Borders" for the info. for this article.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Jujube Wood Rosary

What in the world is Jujube Wood? Several of our rosaries and rosary bracelets are made from a beautiful wood that comes from the Jujube tree. "In Christian tradition, the Jujube tree was identified as the thorn bush used to weave Christ's Crown of Thorns. Based on this tradition, Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land would take the branches of this tree home as souvenirs. The wood is heavy and durable and serves for artistic woodwork." How beautiful it is to contemplate the life of Christ and to pray to Jesus and Mary on these special beads!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

"Today's feast reminds us that holiness means depending on God. The Queenship of Mary invites us to exercise our obedience to God in a way that results in, not submission, but likeness. Saint Maximilian Kolbe wrote that Mary "has a right to be loved as Queen of all hearts so that through her, hearts would be cleansed and themselves become immaculate, similar and like unto her own heart, and so worthy of union with God." from the Magnificat

I found this meditation incredibly beautiful and had to share it with anyone who may have missed it.

St. Mary's has just received a large shipment of icons and this particular one made me think about the Queenship of Our Lady. May we entrust ourselves to her loving care.

Monday, August 1, 2016

St. Alphonsus Liguori

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, writer, artist, lawyer and theologian, dedicated to promoting devotion to Our Lady and the Blessed Sacrament.

"Here, then, is our heaven on earth--the Most Blessed Sacrament."
—    St. Alphonsus Ligouri

This book, written by the great St. Alphonsus Liguori, helps us grow in the knowledge and love of God and in appreciation for what He has done for us. Designed to be prayed in front the Blessed Sacrament each day over the course of a month, users of this powerful book cannot help but grow closer to Christ.

Includes: 31 days of meditations and fervent prayers of love toward Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament,  a daily "Visit to Our Lady," and an act of Spiritual Communion for each day, when we cannot receive His Body and Blood in the Eucharist

Premium UltraSoft with a ribbon marker and gilded edges.   $18.95

Monday, June 13, 2016

St. Anthony - Finder of Love

Today is the Feast Day of St. Anthony. 
For centuries believers have prayed to the "Saint of Miracles", St. Anthony, the finder, when in search of lost objects. In many cultures the faithful also petition St. Anthony when in search of true love. 

We pray:
Please help me find a loved one with whom to share mutual honor, respect, and a sincere desire to serve and grow. A partner who will walk lovingly beside me on my journey through life.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

St. Joseph, Patron Saint of Father's

In preparation for Father's Day, we ask St. Joseph to bless us all.

Prayer to St. Joseph:
Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my Thanksgiving and Homage to the most Loving of Fathers. 
Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, Pray for us. Amen.