Tuesday, April 25, 2017

St. Mark the Evangelist in the Bible - April 25

St. Mark Working on His Gospel

St. Mark the Evangelist in the Bible

This Gospel was written by this evangelist-saint.

Shares of the time when Peter miraculously escaped from prison and went to the house of Mark (also known as John Mark) and his mother Mary.

Tells of when he joined Barnabas and Saul to Jerusalem.

Tells of when Mark served as an assistant to Barnabas and Saul at the beginning of Saul's/Paul's First Missionary Journey.

Relays the mysterious occurrence of John Mark abruptly leaving Barnabas and Saul at Pamphylia.

Shares of Barnabas's and Saul's/Paul's sharp disagreement over John Mark's strange desertion.

Conveys Mark's greeting to the Colossians through St. Paul.  Evidently they reconciled at some point after Mark's peculiar abandonment in Pamphylia.  Also an indicator that John Mark and Barnabas are cousins.

Presents another assurance that Paul and Mark must have made peace, for in this verse, Paul asks for Mark to come visit him him prison.

Evidence that Mark was with Paul who was imprisoned (perhaps in Rome?).  Mark, through Paul, greets Philemon and Apphia.

Friday, April 21, 2017

A Play Date at the San Antonio Museum of Art!

We Learned About Some 1,000 Year Old Chinese Warrior Statues
~  When we tell W. to smile, he puts his whole body into it :)  ~

While W. and I were working on the project,
Mama, Sweet I. and Grampy visited in the lobby.

Designing a Fancy Warrior Vest

My Big, Brave and Strong W.!

A Picnic Lunch at the Riverwalk After
Fresh Air, Running Around

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday Scenes

Some beautiful Stations of the Cross from St. Mary's in downtown, San Antonio ...

 The Twelfth Station with The Three Marys:
St. Mary the Blessed Mother
St. Mary Magdalene
St. Mary of Clopas
Also Present are St. John the Apostle, and St. Longinus.

The Thirteenth Station Including ...
St. Joseph of Arimathea
St. Nicodemus
St. Mary the Blessed Mother
St. Mary Magdalene

This Tenth Station from a small country church ... 
is not as elaborate, but it still offers plenty 
to help contemplate the first Good Friday

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Easter Chick & Easter Dates

The Easter Chick by Geraldine Elschner
 Yesterday at the library, the story-time lady encouraged me to check out The Easter Chick to read to my grandchildren.  It was just adorable!  It shares of a mother hen hearing a voice from an egg that just wouldn't hatch.  The little chick wants to hatch on Easter Sunday and so Hilda the Mommy hen learns how to figure out when Easter will be and fills the little chick in along the way. A fun story for little ones and an easy way to learn the formula for the way Easter dates are figured out each year.

Precious Artwork by Alexandra Junge
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

St. Antipas - Living Near Satan's Throne, Yet Holding Fast to the Name of Jesus

St. Antipas
A Mosaic From Hosios Loukas - A Walled Monastery in Boeotia, Greece
© Photo: Wikipedia / Shakko
St. John's Note to the City of Pergamum within the Book of Revelation:
“To the angel of the church in Pergamum, write this:
“‘The one with the sharp two-edged sword says this:
“I know that you live where Satan’s throne is, and yet you hold fast to my name and have not denied your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was martyred among you, where Satan lives.

According to The New Jerome Biblical Commentary (1990) ... 

The metaphor of "the one with the two-edged sword" connects to a later verse:  Therefore, repent.  Otherwise, I will come to you quickly and wage war against them with the sword of my mouth.  ~Revelation 2:16 

Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. ~Hebrews 4:12

Satan's Throne could refer to an altar in Pergamum dedicated to Zeus, a shrine to Asclepius, a temple dedicated to Roma and Augustus, and/or the seat of the Roman governor. 

The word "witness" suggests that Antipas was detained and questioned by Roman authorities.

It's intriguing to consider the details of how St. John the Evangelist (the purported author of the Book of Revelation) and St. Antipas met.  Pergamum (now ruins near the modern Turkish city of Bergama) was about 80 miles from Ephesus - where St. John is believed to have taken care of Mary after the death of Jesus.  Pergamum is about 150 miles from the island of Patmos - where St. John was exiled when he wrote the Book of Revelation. Whatever the circumstances, it's nice that St. John included St. Antipas's name in the Book of Revelation so that we can know the name of one more saint in heaven. 

Ruins of Pergamum - the City of St. Antipas
Photo Credit: Haluk Comertel

Traditions assert that Antipas was martyred by having been placed in a brazen ox that was set to burn.

It is also claimed that oils from St. Antipas's relics secret a healing oil.

St. Antipas somehow became the patron of tooth ailments, and he shares a feast day with St. Stanislaus of Kracow - April 11.

St. Antipas Church - Russia

St. Antipas Charm/Pendant

A "Brazen" Longhorn :)

Complete With the Ability to Roast or Grill ... But Not Holy People 0:)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Face of Christ - by Irish Artist Jonathan Byrne

The Face of Christ
by Jonathan Byrne
Jonathan Byrne, an Irish Catholic artist with a special devotion to the Face of Christ has artwork too beautiful to not share.  On his website, Jonathan explains why he feels compelled to paint these ponder-ful images ...

Why Bother With a New Image?
There is some attraction to the idea of an image that is at once present and not present, seen and unseen. The Shroud, despite its uncertain history, is, at least, a highly resonant concept as it delivers a notion of a hidden image that can only be revealed in fuller detail through an X-Ray process. And, following from that, I have been developing a painting technique that creates a textural overlay onto an image, a texture of combed paint that delivers an effect similar to a distressed piece of cloth. So, the quest, then, is to create a shrouded image upon a canvas using the accumulated paint layers to create the effect of a veil or a shroud.

They [Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus] took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths.  John 19:40a

When Simon Peter arrived after him [likely John the Evangelist], he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head.  ~ John 20:6-7 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

St. Joseph - A 100-ish Year Old Painting

 A 100-ish Year Old Painting of St. Joseph 
Donated by a Polish Settler Descendant
St. Stanislaus Church, Bandera, TX

More Photos From Some of the Polish Settlers of the Town

A Few Relic Cases on Display in the Parish Hall
Holding Treasures From the Earliest Settlers of the Church

Friday, March 10, 2017

Some Lacy Alsatian Crosses

Yesterday my husband and I visited our grandchildren in a town about an hour away ... in a Texas town settled by Alsatian immigrants.  We drove by the cemetery on the way and some beautiful 1800s Alsatian Crosses caught my eye ...

Not as ornate, but there were a lot of this style too ...
intriguing in their own way.
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