Saint Rita of Cascia, Italy
Do you have a fervent prayer petition still unfulfilled? Call on Saint Rita and you won’t be disappointed. I offer my petitions to her each May and have yet to be discouraged. Let me explain…
Margarita was born to elderly parents in 1381. Everyone called her Rita for her ‘pearl’ meekness as she cared for her pious parents. At their request, she was happily married for 8 years to Paolo Mancini and bore twin sons. Misfortune struck when Paolo was murdered and her sons died young unexpectedly. Rita found her way out of sorrow in becoming an Augustinian nun where she developed peacemaking abilities between the vendetta families of Cascia. For 40 years, she prayed and worked for the poor. At age 60 for the next 15 years, she received a thorn of the crown from Jesus on her forehead, confined to bed and sustained only by receiving Holy Communion. As she breathed her last, Rita said: “Remain in the holy love of Jesus…remain in peace and fraternal charity.” Rita returned to God on May 22, 1457 and her body remains incorrupt, venerated to this day in Cascia.
Because Rita lived an extraordinary life of prayer and sacrifices, she is known as the ‘Saint of the Impossible” in every circumstance of life, and I assure you she has fulfilled my prayers thus far. If your heart is heavy with prayer petitions, reach out to Saint Rita. She will respond to you and you won’t be disappointed…trust me…
Saint Rita, Pray for us
The Dandelion – Art by Janie Olsen
One of my favored things to do in summer is whiff freshly cut grass, but after reading this delightful poem, I will stop and gaze at the dandelions before I mow them down.
The Dandelion by Vachel Lindsay
O dandelion, rich and haughty,
King of village flowers!
Each day is coronation time.
You have no humble hours.
I like to see you bring a troop
To beat the blue-grass spears.
To scorn the lawnmower that would be
Like fate’s triumphant shears,
Your yellow heads are cut away,
It seems your reign is o’er.
By noon you raise a sea of stars
More golden than before.
Thank you, Christopher, for sharing this wonderful poem and art piece
Mary by Henry Ossawa Tanner 1900
101 years ago today the sun burst through torrential rain stunning the Portuguese people. They fell to their knees asking for forgiveness to a ‘Lady who was sorrowing’ and making a request to these shepherd children.
Jacinta, Francesco and Lucia
The Lady said: “Pray the Rosary for the conversion of sinners so no one loses their way to God.”
LADY OF FATIMA, PRAY FOR US
Vincent Van Gogh Handbag by Louis Vuitton
…Vincent’s painting of ‘Provence’ on the handbag…
of artist’s favorite Provence
…a mere $6,000 sale’s tag…
Battle of Lights, Coney Island Painting by Joseph Stella
A clarion call from age to age
Innocent blood is evil’s spill
We remnants are called to conquer by peaceful means
The battle rages…the war will be won!
Petunia – Another Favorite Abstract Painting of Georgia O’Keeffe
Georgia excelled in her visions of botanical flowers such as this one. However, those Freudian critics wrongly labeled these botanical pieces as ‘erotic’ to which she strongly refuted that and being a feminist. To this she retorted:
“The critics are just talking about themselves, not about what I am thinking.”
What she thought was :
“You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.”
I agree, and declare “I love Georgia O’Keeffe!
Whatever is your work
God worthily brands in the soul
Be joyful as you work
Snapshots of Georgia O’Keeffe
She defined herself through black and white fashions 1928
Georgia owned two houses in Abiquiu New Mexico which now serve as museums.
She loved to garden whatever would grow in the desert soil, mostly Hollyhock.
…definitely an icon for American Abstract Modernism art…