Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. - Matthew 11:28 NAB (at Covington Memorial Gardens Cemetary)
The Shrine of Our Lady of Grace, near one of my favorite churches, is a great place to stop and offer a Rosary of prayer to our Blessed Mother for her loving intercession. Our Lady of Grace, pray for us. (at Shrine of Our Lady of Grace)
August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics. It commemorates the end of the earthly life of Mary, the mother Jesus, when she was assumed body and soul into Heaven before her body could decay and crowned by her Son, the Lord Jesus as Queen of Heaven. In addition to the Assumption demonstrating Mary’s freedom from the stain of sin as the Immaculate Conception, thus preventing her bodily decay, the Assumption is also a foretaste and hope of our own bodily ressurection at the end of time, in which our soul will be reunited with our glorified body. An important distinction to note is that Mary was assumed into Heaven by the power of her loving Son, Jesus, and did not ascend into heaven under her own power, as Jesus did in His bodily Ascension to Heaven after the Ressurection. The most important of all Marian feasts, the celebration of the Assumption of Mary dates to the formative days of Christianity. One of the earliest documents referencing it is from the 4th century and is attributed to St. John the Apostle, to whom Jesus had entrusted the care of His beloved mother at the foot of the cross, and it has been celebrated universally since the 6th century. The belief in the Assumption was defined as an infallible dogma (a required belief) by the Church under the leadership of Pope Pius XII in 1950, formalizing a teaching that had already been held by the Church for many centuries. A blessed and joyful Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you! O Mary, Queen of Heaven, pray for us! (at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception)
The Ledge. Suspended from the Skydeck, the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower, and cantilevered above the streets of the Windy City, it provides gravity-defying views across miles of Chicagoland. But on this day, a thick cloud engulfed the Ledge, completely obscuring our view and giving an eerie feel.
This statue of St. Mother Théodore Guérin stands near the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Mother Geurin emigrated from France to St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, near Terre Haute, in 1840. There, she and the women of her religious community, the Sisters of Providence, served Jesus through the people of our diocese, teaching young people and establishing schools, including the first Catholic school on the site of this present-day likeness of her, in Fort Wayne in 1846. She died in 1856 and was canonized in 2006 as Saint Theodora. St. Mother Theodore Guerin, pray for us. (at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception)
A patch I earned just over a year ago, when I did 10,000 push-ups in the month of July, sitting proudly on my GoRuck GR TAC hat. This was a real challenge for me, a middle-age guy with a desk job, and it was all on the honor system. But I’m glad I completed it and earned this patch. There is so much more meaning in working hard and earning something than simply buying it or having it handed to you. It also helped me remember that we need to continue to challenge ourselves in various ways—fitness, faith, family, friends, work, etc—in order to push beyond our current comfort zone and limitations, to go deeper, to grow and to become the best version of ourselves, as Matthew Kelly would say. All of life is a challenge in various ways and degrees, and as Fr. Larry Kramer said, God grades on effort!
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The mountains and sky of Virgina. (at Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive)
The Ten Commandments, sometimes called the Decalogue (from “deca”, meaning ten), are set of ten laws that were given by God to His chosen people Israel after their exodus from slavery in Egypt. The first three commandments pertain to our relationship with God, the last seven to our relationship with others. They can be found in the Old Testament in both Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21. While many people unforunately see the Ten Commandments as a set of rigid, difficult-to-follow rules, God’s intent in giving the Commandments to His people in the time and place that He did was out of love for them, to instruct them in His ways, the ways that they should follow as His chosen people according to the old Covanent. Many centuries later, Jesus would bring the Commandments, and in fact the entire Law, to their fulfillment, as in the New Testament in Matthew 5:17-18. As God Himself, Jesus’ teachings and life showed all of God’s children the fullness of their heavenly Father’s mercy and love. In doing so, he began the new Covanent between God and His people, fulfilled through Jesus’ own death and resurrection. (at MacDougal Memorial Chapel at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception)
At the cross, You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees
And I am lost for words, so lost in love
I’m sweetly broken, wholly surrendered
- ‘Sweetly Broken’ by Jeremy Riddle
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