Saturday, October 04, 2008

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis Reni
St. Francis - Guido Reni

He is one of our beloved and popular saints! In honor of his feast day, I recommend reading The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi. It can be found online at EWTN Library.

I remember reading this little treasure in my late teens. I had a deep impact on me. I still remember with fondness, the time I read that book.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Fine Art Friday - Luca and Andrea Della Robbia

A Della Robbia Baptism of Christ
Baptism of Christ - Andrea Della Robbia

A Della Robbia - Infant Jesus
Infant Jesus in Swaddling Clothes - Andrea Della Robbia

A Della Robbia The Resurrection
The Resurrection - Andrea Della Robbia

A Della Robbia Nativity
Nativity - Andrea Della Robbia

Detail of the Nativity - Luca Della Robbia

L Della Robbia the Ascension
The Ascension - Luca Della Robbia

L Della Robbia Virgin and Child
Virgin and Child - Luca Della Robbia

L Della Robbia Cantoria
Detail of the Cantoria - Luca Della Robbia

Wikipedia - Luca Della Robbia
Luca della Robbia (1400-1482) was an Italian sculptor from Florence, noted for his terracotta roundels.

Luca Della Robbia developed a pottery glaze that made his creations more durable in the outdoors and thus suitable for use on the exterior of buildings. His work is noted for its charm rather than the drama of the work of some of his contemporaries.

Andrea Della Robbia - Nephew, pupil, assistant, and sharer of Luca's secrets, b. at Florence, 1431; d. 1528. It is often difficult to distinguish between his works and Luca's.
New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia - Andrea Della Robbia

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Feast of our Guardian Angel - Quotes

Guardian Angels

“These things I warmly wish for you Someone to love, some work to do, A bit o' sun, a bit o' cheer, And a guardian angel always near” - Irish Blessing

“We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.” - St. Augustine

“One should not stand at the foot of a sick person's bed, because that place is reserved for the guardian angel” - Jewish Proverb

"Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,
The bed be blest that I lie on.
Four angels to my bed.
Four angels round my head,
One to watch, and one to pray,
And two to bear my soul away". - Thomas Ady - A Candle in the Dark

"Never place a period where your angel has placed a comma". - Anonymous

"Angels are speaking to all of us... some of us are only listening better." - Anoymous

"Since God often sends us inspirations by means of His angels, we should frequently return our aspirations to him by means of the same messingers." - St. Francis De Sales

"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly" - G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Feast of St. Therese, the Little Flower - Story of a Soul

St. Therese

In honor of this young saint's feast day, it would be wonderful for those of you who haven't read her autobiography, to do so today. You can read it online at the following:


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Saintly Quote - Freedom From Anger

St. John Climacus
The beginning of freedom from anger is silence of the lips when the heart is agitated;
the middle is silence of thoughts when there is disturbance of the soul;
and the end is an imperturbable calm under the breath of unclean winds.

St. John Climacus

Thanks to Sue