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Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Remember, most loving Virgin Mary,
never was it heard
that anyone who turned to you for help
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
though burdened by my sins,
I run to your protection
for you are my mother.
Mother of the Word of God,
do not despise my words of pleading
but be merciful and hear my prayer.

Madonna and Child Statue
Holy Angels Catholic Church
Sidney Ohio

Lord of my Life

Found this cool stained like glass on the cruise ship.

Fountain of Life

 Found this fountain in Cozumel Mexico.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Jesus Falls for the Second Time

O Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! Offer me Thy helping hand, and aid me, that I may not fall again into my former sins. From this very moment, I will earnestly strive to reform: nevermore will I sin! Thou, O sole support for the weak, by Thy grace, without which I can do nothing, strengthen me to carry out faithfully this my resolution.

Seventh Station of the Cross
Saint Joseph Catholic Church
Egypt Ohio

Psalm 63:2-9

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.

Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

Stained Glass Window
Saint Joseph Catholic Church
Egypt Ohio

Saint Joseph Catholic Church Egypt Ohio

Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Egypt Ohio

I think this is a nice picture of this church. I would have photoshop out the power line but that is no easy task to remove it from the brick.  Maybe someday when I have more time.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Paschal Candle

The flame of the Paschal candle symbolizes Christ as light of the world and his presence in the midst of his people. The Paschal candle is sometimes referred to as the "Easter candle" or the "Christ candle." The term "Paschal" comes from the word Pesach, which in Hebrew means Passover. The tall white candle in many ways signifies the Divine pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night that lead the Israelites in their Exodus from slavery in Egypt.
Text from wikipedia.

Saint Joseph Catholic Church Egypt Ohio

Saint Joseph Egypt 150 Year Banner

150 Year Recognition/Celebration Banner for Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Egypt Ohio. It is simply amazing how old and well kept these churches are.

Rosary Beads

"The beads are there for the sake of the prayers, and the prayers are there for the sake of the Mysteries."  (Maisie Ward, 1889-1975)

Saint Joseph Egypt Ohio

Luke 2: 34-35.

34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 

This is one of those that I kept trying and was never satisfied with the results until now. This is probably the 3rd time I taken pictures of this statue.

Saint Joseph Egypt Ohio