Today, July 11, is the Feast of St. Benedict (which means “blessed”), who died on this day in 550 AD. One of the most influential saints, the monastery he founded at Monte Cassino, Italy became the birthplace of the Benedictine order. There he developed his monastic Rule, which was unique at that time in that, instead of stressing self-denial and asceticism, it emphasized humility, obedience and a balance of work and prayer and community life. The Rule of St. Benedict eventually set the pattern for western monasticism. He is also the namesake of sixteen popes, including our Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI. Shown here is the larger of my two St. Benedict crucifixes as well as a short story of his life from my “Give Us This Day” daily devotional book (highly recommended!). St. Benedict, pray for us!
Getting some prayer time with our Blessed Mother. I bought this pocket rosary on our trip to Costa Rica this past spring. “To Jesus through Mary.” (at Queen of Angels Catholic Church)
“Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. … Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.” – John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence.
I wish you a fun, relaxing, safe and blessed Independence Day.
(at Monroeville, Indiana, USA)
One of the beautiful Denver Daisies in @m73jacobs’ flower garden. We’ve been blessed with some gorgeous flowers this year.
A few days late (it was June 27), but happy Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, direct from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. (at Sacred Heart Catholic Church)
Engaging electro-drive. Prepare for departure.
[Part of a steampunk sci-fi art exhibit that my son and I visited]
"You visit the earth and water it,
make it abundantly fertile.
Thus do you prepare it:
you drench its plowed furrows,
and level its ridges.
With showers you keep it soft,
blessing its young sprouts.” - Psalm 65:10a-11 NAB
Rain-soaked cabbage growing in @m73jacobs’ garden in our back yard.
Lake Point Tower near Navy Pier on the Lake Michigan shore is the only skyscraper in downtown Chicago east of Lake Shore Drive. Its 3-armed, Y-shaped floor plan and curved outer walls prevents neighbors from seeing into each others’ condos, while also providing resistance to high winds off the Lake. It is one of the most recognizable Chicago landmarks following the Sears Tower and John Hancock Center. (at Lake Point Tower - Chicago Condos with Spectacular Views)
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