Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Great Book With a Subtle but Undeniable Pro-life Message

Miracles from Heaven
This is a delightful book - very well-written by the mother of the main character.  It is another book of an individual (a young girl in this case) going to heaven for a bit and then being sent back, and what she has to say about the experience.  There's a lot of extra stuff too ... a difficult chronic disease that disappeared after her near-fatal fall into a tree trunk, the great faith of a small-town Texas three-girl family, a mother's challenges with depression, etc.  I found it to be a page turner leaving me with a heightened sense of hope in God.

One Small Part That Made My Thoughts Shout, "Hooray!" for the Pro-Life Stance of the Catholic Church ... 
An excerpt from the book ... Christy and her husband, Kevin Beam
had suffered two miscarriages ... presumably, this "sister" that Annabel
met in heaven was one of the miscarried babies.
A powerful suggestion that unborn life is still life ... "viable outside of the womb" or not.  A great message, especially for a Presbyterian family (the Beams are faithful Presbyterians); for the Presbyterian Church is somewhat fuzzy on its stance on abortion.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

St. Lydia - The First to Welcome Christianity into Europe

The Baptism of St. Lydia
by Marie Ellenreider - 1861

St. Lydia, who welcomed Paul and believed in his words when he first preached in Philippi is actually known a few different ways ...

St. Lydia of Thyatira 
(she is from Thyatira in modern Turkey)

St. Lydia Purpuraria
(purpuraria means purple-dealer - Acts 16:14)

St. Lydia of Philippi
(Where she was converted by Paul)

... or simply St. Lydia.

After St. Lydia and her household were baptized by Paul, she said ...

"If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my home."
- St. Lydia (Acts 16:15b)
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Learn More About St. Lydia

A Few Ministries Named After St. Lydia

A Saint Lydia Necklace

St. Lydia Prayer Card

May 20 - Martyrologium Romanum (2004)
Many sources list August 3 as the Feast Day of St. Lydia, 
however, the 2004 Roman Martyrology has her listed on May 20.

Perhaps the date was changed in order to align it with St. Lydia's Feast Day in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

But, truly, it doesn't matter which day you chose to read about, 
ponder, or reflect upon this inspiring New Testament saint.
St. Lydia is inspiring any day of the year!

St. Lydia In The Bible

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Dollhouse Museum - Bandera, TX

A few weeks ago I had one of  my granddaughters for the morning and we decided to check out a brand new museum in our little Cowboy Capital town:  Town Mountain Miniatures Museum.  Below is a small sampling of this chock-full-of-imagination place ...

A Sweet Shop

An Old Time Produce Shop/General Store

The Stork's Nest Baby Boutique

Mademoiselle Marie's Parfumerie

A Christmas Shoppe

Captain's Quarters

Celia's Imports and Basket Shop

Town Mountain Miniatures Museum
1010 Hackberry Street
Bandera, TX  78003
The next time you are in Bandera, this is WELL worth the stop!  Just one more treasure to our little town!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Summer Reading Giveaway - Saints in Scripture

Take a "Look Inside" Saints in Scripture

Would you be interested in spending your summer with some saints from the Bible?

If so, consider trying for a free copy of Saints in Scripture, by following these 4 3 steps:

1) Send me an e-mail at: TmeDoyNel@aol.com.
2) Put ... Saints in Scripture Drawing ... in the Subject Box.
3) Include your name and mailing address.  Never Mind! I can get this later if you win!
4) Send your e-mail by June 15.

Thanks for your interest!!!  I'll put all entries into a hat and have my husband pick one on June 16!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

An Amazing Marriage Ministry (Covenant of Love) & Married Couple Saints from the Bible

Last Friday, I attended a "Date Night" at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Kerrville, TX.  It was a lovely evening with the Covenant of Love Ministry for married couples where I gave a presentation on Married Couple Saints from the Bible.

Sharing About the Biblical Married Couple:  Saints Aquila and Priscilla
(The Colorful Illustration of these Married Saints is by Brother Mickey McGrath)

A 33-Seconds-Long Clip 

Covenant of Love Ministry

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Five Things to Know About St. Hermas - An Ancient Biblical Saint of Rome

Five Things to Know About St. Hermas

He is mentioned only once in the Bible. (Romans 16:14)

He is listed with a small cluster of people including St. Asyncritus and St. Phelgon.

He was living in Rome when Paul sent his letter to the Christians of Rome: 
To all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy ... - Romans 1:7a

He may very well have attended the House Church of Sts. Prisca & Aquila:
Greet Prisca and Aquila.  Greet also the church at their house.  - Romans 16:3a, 5a 

When Paul arrived in Rome as a prisoner, Hermas may have been one of those who greeted him:
The brothers from there [Rome] heard about us and came as far as the Forums of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us.  On seeing them, Paul gave thanks to God and took courage.   - Acts 28:15

St. Isaiah the Prophet - Special Verses to Hang Onto

St. Isaiah the Prophet
by Lorenzo Monaco (c. 1405)
The Book of Isaiah is a looooong prophetical book that is sometimes a challenge to cut through, digest, and understand.  But, it offers a tremendous smattering of inspiring verses here and there ... making it easier to know this saint (and God!) a little better.  Below are just a few ...

Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow.
- Isaiah 1:18b

Trust in the LORD forever! For the LORD is an eternal Rock.
- Isaiah 26:4

They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles' wings.
- Isaiah 40:31a

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways.
- Isaiah 55:8

So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth;
It shall not return to me empty, but shall do what pleases me.
- Isaiah 55:11a

The song, Here I Am, Lord was inspired by Isaiah's call to prophecy:

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?"  
"Here I am," I said; "send me!"
- Isaiah 6:8

An Isaiah 6:8 Pendant

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Divine Mercy String Figure ... A Divine Mercy Activity for Kids

Divine Mercy String Figure

Follow the directions to the short video below, and then turn the figure upside down. It will resemble rays spreading out in two different directions ...

Original Divine Mercy Image
With just a little bit of imagination, you can see how the string figure resembles the Divine Mercy Rays coming forth from Jesus.

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If you happen to be doing a lesson on St. David the King, this same string trick can also be called David's Harp ...

Verses Preceding the Story of David and Goliath ...

Saul then told his servants, "Find me a good harpist and bring him to me."  One of the servants spoke up: "I have observed that a son of Jesse of Bethlehem is a skillful harpist.  ~1 Samuel 16:17-18a

Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take the harp and play, and Saul would be relieved and feel better, for the evil spirit would leave him.  ~1 Samuel 16:23

Friday, May 5, 2017

A Fiesta of Mercy ... In a Former Synagogue

A few weeks ago, I felt very blessed to be a part of the "Fiesta of Mercy Congress" at St. Paul's Community Center in San Antonio (the former Agudas Achim Synagogue).  The event blended San Antonio's 2017 Fiesta season with Divine Mercy weekend ... hence ... Fiesta of Mercy!  Besides meeting nice people and gleaning great information, a lot of the artwork at the location was a delight to behold.

One of the Several Stars of David on the
Ceiling of the old Agudas Achim Synagogue

A Few of the Wonderful Stained Glass Windows ...

 Teaching a Divine Mercy String Trick to Some Great Kids ...

The utilization of an Ark of the Covenant replica
for the Tabernacle at the Adoration Chapel.

A statue of my patroness,
St. Therese, also in the Adoration Chapel.

 A Torah Left Behind by the Agudas Achim Congregation ...

A Presentation on "Saints of Mercy"
There were actually SEVERAL presentations going on all day.

A Mural of St. Jeremiah Discovered Beneath Some Plaster
(Jeremiah Being Pulled From the Muddy Cistern by the Ethiopian - Jer. 38)

A Note of Gratitude From the Artist

St. Paul Community Center
(formerly the Agudas Achim Jewish Synagogue)

My First Fiesta Medal Ever!

(Guadalupe Radio - Rise & Walk)

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Beautiful Mural of St. Jeremiah the Prophet Discovered in an Old Synagogue

St. Jeremiah Being Pulled From the Muddy Pit
Some years ago (1995-ish), St. Paul's Church in San Antonio purchased a Jewish Synagogue just down the road a bit and have been using it for a variety of wonderful religious and community services.  Happily, a nice chunk of impressive Jewish art was left behind.  One particularly rich piece of work was a mural of Jeremiah the Prophet being pulled from the muddy pit/cistern ... painted in 1961.  It had actually been plastered over at some point, but eventually bits and pieces of it were discovered, prompting St. Paul's to uncover as much of the mural as possible.

Now Ebed-melech, an Ethiopian, a court official in the king's house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the cistern.  Then the king ordered Ebed-melech the Ethiopian: "Take three men with you, and get Jeremiah the prophet out of the cistern before he dies."   - Jeremiah 38:7a, 10

Documenting the Discovery and
Restoration of the Jeremiah Mural

Inscription at the Bottom of the Mural:
Jeremiah Lifted From The Pit

A Letter From the Artist Who Painted the Mural: Maurice Schmidt

(the former Agudas Achim Jewish Synagogue)

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