September 18th – Our Lady of Smelcem [Flanders]

Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions? 8 If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock,Continue reading “September 18th – Our Lady of Smelcem [Flanders]”


September 17th – Our Lady of the Candles

  Practice Voodoo You carve a doll out of wax and curse it with voodoo. Candles in the sun burn with her soft skin. Oh, she is hot. Hot. Hot. Hot. But you don’t want them to know- the pleasure of watching her melt. You think she was stolen and passed around, so you stickContinue reading “September 17th – Our Lady of the Candles”

16th September Our Lady of Good News [Sicily]

GOOD NEWS BAD NEWS Nothing’s what it used or ought to be: always too much of this, never enough of that, only a drop left to drink, no one to drink it with. Everything is a miracle, or the miracle fades, the glory of the world goes or goes on without us, as far asContinue reading “16th September Our Lady of Good News [Sicily]”

Saccharine Madonnas.

I would just like to share another blog I have, which I have very much neglected. It’s called Saccharine Madonnas. I hope to try and do a small image post there most days  especially on the Marian Calendar. Which you can find by clicking on the calendar below.    

15th September – Seven Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows BY BRENDA CÁRDENAS has appeared to the mountain dwellers, her grief  engraved where stone softens to clay. Keep your eyes sharp for a dagger. In its hilt, you’ll find her face pressed to the earth’s cheek. Kiss this sacred spot before the rains wash it away like her orphaned feet. Notched heartContinue reading “15th September – Seven Sorrows”

Marian Calendar

    The Marian Calendar[1]  is a day by day month by month recollection of the feast days of the Virgin Mary; Mary the mother of Jesus as recognised by the Catholic church and others. The Marian Calendar was first published in the early  to mid 1600’s  and contains a collection of the pilgrimage sitesContinue reading “Marian Calendar”

Lucifer in Starlight*

Lucifer in Starlight On a starr’d night Prince Lucifer uprose. Tired of his dark dominion swung the fiend Above the rolling ball in cloud part screen’d, Where sinners hugg’d their spectre of repose. Poor prey to his hot fit of pride were those. And now upon his western wing he lean’d, Now his huge bulkContinue reading “Lucifer in Starlight*”

Saccharine Madonnas – Sugar and Spice, is that what the Images of the Madonna is made off ?

Hi, Many Moons ago, in a Galaxy Far Far away- oppss that one has been done before… A few years ago- well last decade, I started to write my PhD, my thesis was titled The Characterisation of Mary the Mother of Jesus, in Contemporary Film,[c. 2000].*     I was/am fascinated by the image of the VirginContinue reading “Saccharine Madonnas – Sugar and Spice, is that what the Images of the Madonna is made off ?”

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