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I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody.

I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. And I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.

Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major. Say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind.

– Martin Luther King, Jr., qtd. in “Wikipedia Contributors”

Acknowledgements

Photo: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, dcu, http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Wikipedia Contributors.  “Martin Luther King, Jr.”  Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.  15 Jan. 2018.  Web.  15 Jan. 2018.  <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Jr.&gt;

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Well I love inspirational stories, but I can’t say I’m over-fond of Hallmark, Lifetime, or any other similar storytelling outlets.  And for essentially the same reason…

…that is, I think inspirational stories are important, and should be taken seriously (no offense intended to those who like Hallmark or Lifetime; let us be content with begging to differ).

Stephen Chbosky’s Wonder has that happy distinction of being a tearjerker without being a nerve-jerker, a movie that tugs at the heartstrings without Continue Reading »

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O Glorious Saint John, you were so loved by Jesus that you merited to rest your head upon his breast, and to be left in his place as a son to Mary.  Obtain for us an ardent love for Jesus and Mary.  Let me be united with them now on earth and forever in heaven.

Acknowledgement

Unknown.  “The Last Supper.”  Source/Photographer Acervo de Obras de Arte Europeia em Coleções Brasileiras.  

Text: http://www.catholicwalton.com/prayer-to-st-john-the-evangelist/

Into the Dance

Holy Family

Some of you may remember my post on the Advent Season, which I described as a season of hope and expectation, a couple weeks ago.

Well, now the wait is over.

Today, we celebrate the Daybreak.  The “Dawn from on High,” the eternal Beloved, the Light of lights, has come into the darkness of the world, born into poverty and cradled among animals within the earth.

The One Who rested on the seventh day has come to hallow creation with His holy Presence.  He has taken the fullness of our human nature and made it His own.

Indeed, the Incarnation was the greatest event in human history.  In fact, it completely and unalterably changed the course of history.  God is with us (“Emmanuel”).  He became a human being so that we could see him, speak with him, hear him, touch him…and, ultimately, taste him in the Eucharist.

As we approach…

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Welcome to “Cinema Saturday,” a variation of the “Film Clip Friday” thing I tried a couple years ago.

Merry Christmas! 🙂

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Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.

Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!
For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling.

(Zechariah 2: 14, 17)

Acknowledgement

Photo URL: https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Virgen_de_guadalupe1.jpg#mw-jump-to-license

Bible Text: New American Bible; http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/121217.cfm

O most Holy Virgin, immaculate in body and spirit,
look kindly on me as I implore your powerful intercession.

O most Holy Mother, receive my prayers as I present them to God.

O Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, you intercede for us with your Son.

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.  Amen.

Acknowledgement

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.  Immaculate of Soult.  https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Murillo_immaculate_conception.jpg#mw-jump-to-license