Months ago, on the Feast day of the Nativity of our Lady, a young catholic man, @zachdaigle_ was tagged by a friend @grants565 , and won the chasing_bigb giveaway, which he decided to share with his beautiful and equally wonderful girlfriend, @layni_brooke .
They went on mission together recently, and the Lord continues to bless their relationship as they both strive to be holy and help the other become the person God wants them to be.
Thank you for sharing this picture! #holycouplegoals#maryandjoseph#catholiccreative#catholic#bible#art#truth#beauty#love#tob#scripture
MP-Present Him To The Lord
Mary and Joseph made their haste to the accordance of Jewish Law by presenting their firstborn male to Jehovah God (Luke 2:21): “And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy the Lord)” (Luke 2:22-23). The temple wherein they were, Simeon The Prophet (Luke 2:25) and Anna The Prophetess awaited and prayed (Luke 2:36-38). Simeon prophesied that this Infant Christ would see the rise and fall of many men and that a sword would pierce the Heart of Mary that the thoughts of many would be revealed (Luke 2:34). Astounded at these prophecies, the confirmation of Jesus' unique destiny continuously unraveled (Luke 2:33): “Then he took him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen the salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel” (Luke 2:28-32). This was joined too by Anna's joy at the sight of The Holy Family, a widow, who constantly meditated in prayer and fasting there (Luke 2:36-37): “And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38). To God was His Son stamped with the religious approval of Jewry (Luke 2:40). As Israelites, The Lord Incarnate was introduced into and lived as His Household, to be in semblance as humankind and His family (Luke 2:39). He co-dwelled with us as a Consubstantial Deity (John 8:42): “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30)
MP-The Birth Of Jesus Christ Was On This Wise
The First Coming of Christ was a phenomenon. The prophecies had predicted His arrival perfectly, as pertaining to the ancient texts and revered verses of Holy Scripture (Isaiah 9:6-7): “But thou, Beth-lehem, Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2). When He was unveiled by Mary and Joseph in the stable (Luke 2:6), the throngs of animals and tenders to the sheep flocks came to pay homage (Luke 2:8-14). They did just as The Three Kings would do later, their witnesses being first to the mysterious delivery of this Righteous Infant (Matthew 2:4): “When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding joy” (Matthew 2:9-10). If He weren't important, the events wouldn't have been dramatic. King Herod wouldn't have caused Joseph and Mary to flee into Egypt during the pregnancy of Jesus (Matthew 2:13). The gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh wouldn't have been such treasures offered to a toddler (Matthew 2:11). He verily was a Baby King, wrought to be The Focal Point of all histories (Wisdom 18:14-16): “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him” (Matthew 2:1-2)
The local school’s Easter Procession, in Ilopango. To Catholics in El Salvador, this represents Christ’s Walk of Sorrows to Calvary, or La Via Dolorosa, the sacrificial cross. Here, an altar of flowers is held aloft by students and will be carried throughout the march to the cross. *
During this procession, where many children are dressed in various costumes representing the Christ holding a heavy cross, the Roman soldiers, and the Disciples, hymns are played on guitars and the beat is kept using a metal güiro as they walk respectfully down a pre-designated path. *
There are 14 stops, or Stations, selected to represent each time that Christ fell as he carried the cross to Calvary. At each stop, the children pause in front of a holy image for several minutes in respect for Christ’s fall. They fill the time with a prayer and music. Finally, they’re granted permission to continue their faithful journey to the next station until they reach the end of the journey, where Christ would’ve been crucified. Several prayers and songs of lamentation fly upward to a sapphire sky. Another silence, and the children return to their school, where they’re released to spend the next week vacationing with their families until Easter Sunday.
Reading these little bible stories to the boys, when I get to this page with Mary and Joseph on it, Levi interupts me... Levi: that's not how they used to look.
Levi: them (pointing at the characters). Me: how did they look?
Levi: she didn't wear pink and his hair wasn't super long like that!
Me: I believe ur right baby!
Our 4 year old is historically spot on lol!
Women's History Month: Women of the Bible
Day 20: Anna
We first meet Anna where we would have met had we arrived any other time in the previous 60+ years of her life: at the Temple in Jerusalem.
Anna marries young, but her husband dies only seven years later leaving her a widow with no children to care for (or to care for her).
After her husband's death, Anna commits herself to full-time service of the Lord at the Temple.
She is both self-disciplined and spiritually pious. Spending every day in prayer and contemplation, Anna fasts regularly and worships the Lord 24/7/365.
More than anything else, Anna looks forward to the day when her people will be freed from oppression: She is waiting for Messiah.
On the day that Mary and Joseph arrive with their week-old baby boy, Anna hears her good friend Simeon shouting in the temple courts.
She rushes to see what the commotion is all about, and her eyes are immediately drawn to Simeon holding a baby in his arms. She hears him saying something like: "Now I can die in peace!" and "I've seen our salvation!" and something about "a light to the Gentiles" and "glory to your people Israel."
As she approaches the family, Anna obsesrves Simeon blessing them.
As prophetess, Anna realizes this is a moment of significance: She quickly and accurately discerns that this is no ordinary baby.
She is with Simeon when he predicts the child is "destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed," and he tells the young mother that a sword will pierce her soul.
That's such a strange thing to say to a new mother, isn't it?
Anna chimes in and returns the conversation to a more celebrative tone thanking God for this precious baby boy and his loving parents.
After the family leaves the Temple, Anna cannot contain her enthusiasm! "She gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to ALL who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem" (Luke 2:38b).
Anna has a new spring in her step as she spreads the word of God's faithfulness to His people.
You can read Anna's story in Luke chapter 2.
My latest order completed...yes I know it’s out of season but I couldn’t resist showing you! 🙈I’m sure it will make a reappearance nearer the Christmas time but it just goes to show, whatever you have in mind I am happy to make! 😍😘
Back to my routine Sunday greetings to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Do you know there is something special at Novena Church? It’s the stained glass. On your top right: Gabriel announced the good news to Virgin Mary, top left: Virgin Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, bottom left: Nativity of Jesus and bottom right, this is something unique. What does it tell? It is the Wedding of Mary and Joseph. Yes, it is. Although this was not in the bible but Catholic Church wants to share the holy matrimony of Mary and Joseph and Joseph that being obedient as servant of God. The next time you visit Novena church, try to walk from the left side of the main door, starts from this stained glass and going down. It is always a blessed experience when we can understand our surroundings being a social interactions or just simply standing and admire a beautiful piece of stained glass! Have a blessed Sunday! .
Mary and Joseph shopping for baby cloths!
Meet my friends, Bobbie Jo and Jason, or I mean Mary and Joseph. They are seriously my favorite and this photo makes me smile forever!
I miss you all so much!! #babycloths#sonofgod#maryandjoseph#lovethem
There is something heavy on my heart that I must say: I want you all to know much you are LOVED. Not for who you think you are, or who you want to be...but for who you ARE. You are LOVED for exactly the way you are right now. No conditions or limitations. You are made in the image and likeness of HIM who knows and loves you every minute of everyday...no matter what you do or have done. HE wanted YOU in this world, so he chose to mold you in your mother’s womb and give you PURPOSE. Do not forget that and DO NOT BE AFRAID...for you are LOVED!! You are a flower that blooms with strength, grace, and beauty of all kinds. Each flower blooms a little different, but the beauty remains constant.
Do not be tempted to fall into this dark, painful world...for you were not made for this world!! So go now and BELIEVE that you are LOVED...and while you’re at it, take someone else along the journey with you. There are many people in your life today who need to be LOVED.
Help me to love as unconditionally as you! I want to see through your eyes and love all of your children. And when I fail at this, show me how to do better. Thank you for loving me! Amen. 💗
"In the simplicity of your ordinary work, in the monotonous details of each day, you have to discover the secret - for so many hidden ones - of greatness and novelty: Love" San Josemaria --------------------------------------------------------------
"En la sencillez de tu labor ordinaria, en los detalles monótonos de cada día, has de descubrir el secreto - para tantos escondido - de la grandeza y de la novedad: El amor" San Josemaria
Next up for your #OldMastersMonday , we have the Programming Co-Chairs, Joseph Merlino and Mary Caltrider. Joseph is a sophomore studying Professional Flight with a minor in Spanish, and Mary is a sophomore in the Honors College pursuing a degree in Public Relations. These co-chairs are responsible for organizing the details of the three-day program. We know Mary and Joseph will have an amazing impact on the program this year! #MaryandJoseph