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“Behold the Bread of Angels,
For us pilgrims food, and token
Of the promise by Christ spoken,
Children’s meat, to dogs denied.
Shewn in Isaac’s dedication,
In the manna’s preparation;
In the Paschal immolation,
In old types pre-signified.
Jesu, shepherd of the sheep:
Thou thy flock in safety keep,
Living bread, thy life supply:
Strengthen us, or else we die,
Fill us with celestial grace.
Thou, who feedest us below:
Source of all we have or know:
Grant that with Thy Saints above,
Sitting at the feast of love,
We may see Thee face to face.
Amen.  Alleluia.”

-From St. Thomas Aquinas’ “Lauda Sion”

Acknowledgement

Melchior2008.  “Eucharistic_Adoration.jpg.”  4 Mar. 2009.  Wikipedia.  https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eucharistic_Adoration.jpg#mw-jump-to-license

 

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Well I recently returned from a week-long vacation in Central Florida — home of the elegant sand hill crane, among other things.

Here are some other pictures from the journey:

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Human Art…

Just some photos I thought I’d share.  These sculptures are featured around a greenhouse in the retirement community in which some of my relatives live.

Truly beautiful art like this is, for me, a sure proof of what you might call humankind’s “genetic nostalgia” for Eden, for the divine image in man — marred, but not erased, by sin.

Here are some more: (more…)

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fall

I am prejudiced when it comes to the four seasons — fall is my favorite.

Fall is nature at its aesthetic best, giving us a heraldic panoply of colors and scents.

But fall is traditionally a time to reflect on the reality of death, as well as being a time of beauty.

Forgive me, but I don’t think that’s an accident. (more…)

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van_Gogh_-_The_Church

I wanted to share a short video (about two-and-a-half minutes) featuring a young man from my neck of the woods.  His name is Hank Stratton — and though only in high school, he is already a quite brilliant artist.

Note: I share this partly in honor of Red Ribbon Week.  When I was working in substance abuse prevention, my colleagues and I were very passionate about promoting protective factors — that is to say, healthy activities that help young people to focus their talents, energies, and passions constructively — within the community.  Here is just one example of the kind of human potential that makes the pleasures of drugs and alcohol superfluous.

Here is the link to the video (I’ve arranged it to begin at the relevant section): WBTA News Interviews Hank Stratton.

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Acknowledgements

  1. “Vincent van Gogh – The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise, View from the Chevet – Google Art Project” by Vincent van Gogh – 6wEjLceQPXkTtA at Google Cultural Institute, zoom level maximum. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vincent_van_Gogh_-_The_Church_in_Auvers-sur-Oise,_View_from_the_Chevet_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg#/media/File:Vincent_van_Gogh_-_The_Church_in_Auvers-sur-Oise,_View_from_the_Chevet_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

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