Today's Calgary Herald
My current projects:
I have been working with the Emmaus Group since the early fall of 2012 on a number of different studio projects. The second part of the "Blessings" show is up at Avenue Church. We currently have two other shows up - "The Gift of Christmas" at the Dalhousie Mennonite Community Church, and my solo show, "No Thru Road" at First Lutheran Church.
I am also currently working full time as Coordinator of Faith Formation at St. Peter's parish in Calgary. I am directly running the RCIA, and two off-shoot programs from the RCIA, which are Preparation for Profession of Faith and Full Communion. We received four baptized adult non-Catholics this past fall in the Preparation for Profession of Faith series this past fall, and once again I will be running an Adult Confirmation program in the spring.
I also have various office duties, including scheduling baby baptisms and looking after the related paperwork.
Studio News: Check out the ART pages to see the most recent catalogue of paintings.
Gordon has delivered all of the dinosaurs and is tidying up his workshop.
Mom plays the clarinet for the Foothills Concert Band, Rocky Mountain Concert Band, and Cappy Smart (Firemen's ) Band. She also just recently joined the Centre Street Orchestra.
News from Mom:Mom played at Carnegie Hall in New York City with the Cappy Smart Band, in June of 2009. I'm extremely proud of her.
Ron had a heart attack on June 12th, 2015. He spent many weeks in hospital before deciding he didn't want to continue to receive care. He died on July 30th, 2015, at the Southwood Hospice.
At the time of his death, he was still the President of the Burma Star Association, which is an association of veterans who fought the Second World War in Burma. The Burma Star Division, also known as the 14th Army, fought in the Far East from December 1942 until August of 1945.Although the 14th Army numbered over one million soldiers, and was the largest Commonwealth army in all of history, it is only now that history books are beginning to be written about its exploits in battle.
For more information, go to the Burma Star Historical Notes home page.Click on the link to access the notes.
Best Line Seen this week:
Fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist;
but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. ~ G. K. Chesterton
(See previous Great Lines here.)
FEAST OF THE DAY
St. Judith, also spelled Jutta, was born at Sangerhausen near the beginning of the thirteenth century. Judith was married at the age of fifteen to a nobleman and she used this call to devote herself to the Lord and to her family as a wife and mother. Judith used St. Elizabeth of Hungary, who died in early in the same century, as an example for living in holiness as a married woman. Judith's holiness served as an example to her husband and her children and her whole family copied her example of holiness and dedication to the Lord.
After several years of marriage, Judith's husband died while on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Judith was left to raise their children alone. Judith cared for her children until they left home. After this happened, she sold all she owned and retired into religious life. Judith lived as a hermit and gained a wide reputation for her holiness and the Lord used her to touch many lives. St. Judith died in the year 1260. She is the patroness of Prussia and of widows.
Feast of the Day
St. Teresa of Avila - Saint Teresa was born in Avila, Spain, March 28, 1515. She died in Alba, October 4, 1582. She was a reformer, a visionary, and a mystic.She founded many Carmelite convents, with stricter rules than they had been used to.The reforms established by St. Teresa resulted in great spiritual growth for the nuns under her care. She also wrote three very important books: her Autobiography, the Way of Perfection, and the Interior Castle.
October 28th - St. Jude
St. Jude, known as Thaddaeus, was a brother of St. James the Less, and a relative of Our Saviour. He was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus and his attribute is a club. Images of St. Jude often include a flame around his head, which represent his presence at Pentecost, when he accepted the Holy Spirit alongside the other apostles.
Another attribute is St. Jude holding an image of Christ, in the Image of Edessa. Sometimes he can also be seen holding a carpenter's ruler or is depicted with a scroll or book, the Epistle of Jude. Biblical scholars agree St. Jude was a son of Clopas and his mother Mary was the Virgin Mary's cousin. Ancient writers tell us that he preached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Lybia. According to Eusebius, he returned to Jerusalem in the year 62, and assisted at the election of his brother, St. Simeon, as Bishop of Jerusalem.
Saint Jude is not the same person as Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Our Lord and despaired because of his great sin and lack of trust in God's mercy. Jude was the one who asked Jesus at the Last Supper why He would not manifest Himself to the whole world after His resurrection. Little else is known of his life. Legend claims that he visited Beirut and Edessa and could have been martyred with St. Simon in Persia. He is an author of an epistle (letter) to the Churches of the East, particularly the Jewish converts, directed against the heresies of the Simonians, Nicolaites, and Gnostics. Though Saint Gregory the Illuminator has been credited as the "Apostle to the Armenians," the Apostles Jude and Bartholomew are believed to have brought Christianity to Armenia, where Jude was rumored to have later been martyred.
There is some debate about where Jude died, though most Biblical scholars agree he was martyred. He is believed to have been martyred either in Armenia or Beirut. Following his death, St. Jude's body was brought to Rome and left in a crypt in St. Peter's Basilica. Today his bones can be found in the left transept of St. Peter's Basilica under the main altar of St. Joseph in a tomb he shares with the remains of the apostle Simon the Zealot. Pilgrims came to St. Jude's grave to pray and many reported a powerful intercession, leading to the title, "The Saint for the Hopeless and the Despaired." Two Saints, St. Bridget of Sweden and St. Bernard, had visions from God asking them to accept St. Jude as "The Patron Saint of the Impossible." Roman Catholics invoke St. Jude when in desperate situations because his New Testament letter stresses that the faithful should persevere in the environment of harsh, difficult circumstances -just as their forefathers had done before them; therefore, he is the patron saint of desperate cases.
The Chicago Police Department and Clube de Regatas do Flamengo - the Rio de Janeiro soccer team - have made Saint Jude their patron saint and there are several hospitals who have also accepted him as their patron saint, including the well-known children's hospital St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. There have also been several sites across the world dedicated to the Apostle Jude, including shrines and churches. The National Shrine of Saint Jude was founded in 1955 and can be found in England. There are two mentions of Jude in the New Testament: Luke 6:16 and Acts 1:13. When Jude was mentioned in the Bible, it was often in relation to James (Jude of James) which is traditionally interpreted to mean "Jude, brother of James" as in the King James version of Luke 6:16; however, "Jude, son of James" appears in Protestant translations such as the NIV, NIRV, and the New King James Version. The same discrepancy occurs in Acts 1:13. In John 14:22, a disciple called "Judas not Iscariot" is assumed to be the apostle Jude, though critics believe it is too ambiguous to believe it is a certainty. When the apostles are listed in Matthew 10:3 and Mark 3:18, Jude's name does not appear but "Thaddeus" does. This occurrence led early Christians to believe Jude was known as both "Jude" and "Thaddeus," the latter of which could have been a sort of nickname.
"Thaddeus" may have become a popular nickname for Jude following Judas Iscariot's betrayal. To add further confusion to Jude's second name, the name Thaddeus is often indistinguishable from Thaddeus of Edessa, one of the Seventy Disciples. A popular Roman Catholic prayer to Saint Jude is: "O most holy apostle, Saint Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honoureth and invoketh thee universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, and of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, who am so miserable. "Make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded to thee, to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of. Come to mine assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolation and succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (here make your request) and that I may praise God with thee and all the elect throughout eternity. "I promise thee, O blessed Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favour, to always honour thee as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to thee. Amen." The Novena - a prayer said nine days in a row - to Saint Jude is: "Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor for all who invoke thee, special patron in time of need; to thee I have recourse from the depth of my heart, and humbly beg thee, to whom God hath given such great power, to come to my assistance; help me now in my urgent need and grant my earnest petition. I will never forget thy graces and the favors thou dost obtain for me and I will do my utmost to spread devotion to thee. Amen."
See you again next week!
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