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Well I didn’t think I was going to have the opportunity to see Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in the theater.  I live in a smaller community with only one theater, which theater has only two cinemas and typically hosts either family fare or mainstream blockbuster material.

During the first week in February I drove by and, to my surprise, saw “3 Billboards” on the marquee.  Needless to say, I went to see the film at the earliest opportunity.

I must say, it wasn’t quite what I had expected.

I had the idea that this would be one of those formulaic movies (more…)

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Oh ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfortess of the Afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Look upon me with mercy. When you appeared in the grotto of Lourdes, you made it a privileged sanctuary where you dispense your favors, and where many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. My loving Mother, obtain my request. I will try to imitate your virtues so that I may one day share your company and bless you in eternity. Amen.

Acknowledgement

Dennis Jarvis. Source France-002009 – Our Lady of Lourdes. 28 June 2014.

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Okay — last time we talked about how we all tend to wear masks to conceal our true selves, and to hide from the shame we carry within us…

But every now and then, rays of light will slip past our masks, touching our hearts and minds in some way. This we can call wonder.

We can all appreciate the occurrence of wonder.  But we also realize that when we take off our masks, our scars are exposed.

Then what? (more…)

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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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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/

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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

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