You shouldn’t believe everything you’re told. The reality of it is not what you think. It’s not something people in polite company should want to talk about, never mind tell their children. It should have never been made into some kind of fairy story.
Bede records in his Reckoning of Time (A.D. 725) the use of candles at the Feast of Purification was common in his day. (Latin Text) [O]n the feast of St Mary, the whole populace with the priests and ministers goes on procession through the churches and the city neighbourhoods, all singing devout hymns, and carryingContinue reading “Candlemass 2nd February”
I wanted to share with you a small piece called ‘The Annunciation’, that I wrote last year and which has been published by a small non-profit online magazine called The Cauldron This is the link if anyone would like to read it. There are some other amazing stories, poetry and non-fiction in there too. WhyContinue reading “The Annunciation”
The Mother Of God
The threefold terror of love; a fallen flare
Through the hollow of an ear;
Wings beating about the room;
The terror of all terrors that I bore
The Heavens in my womb.
The Cleaning Lady It’s her job to clean up after Things Go Wrong. The mattress where he soundly slept, twisted up in the blue and grey sheets, the lace-ends frayed and tied together. Holes by the toes that defied any needle and thread rest his red shoes, scrunched between the fabric , searching forContinue reading “October 6: Our Lady of All Help, France (1640)”
Δέδυκε μεν ἀ σελάννα καὶ Πληΐαδεσ, μέσαι δὲ νύκτεσ πάρα δ᾽ ἔρχετ᾽ ὤρα, ἔγω δὲ μόνα κατεύδω [Sappho] The Moon has left the sky, Lost is the Pleiads’ light; It is midnight, And time slips by, But on my couch alone I lie. [trans. J Addington Symonds]
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]”
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.
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”