Saturday, June 30, 2007

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Hello Everyone.

Evelyn here,

The portrait below is Fra Angelico's  The naming of John the Baptist.  I added it in cerebrition of the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist last Sunday.



LUKE 1:57-66, 80

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard
that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply,
“No. He will be called John.”
But they answered her,
“There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
and all these matters were discussed
throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
“What, then, will this child be?”
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.

New American Bible
Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist


Fra Angelico was born in1400 with the lay name of Guido di Pietro. He was a Florentine painter and a Dominican friar. Although a highly professional artist, Angelico was not seen as an “artist properly so-called but an inspired saint.” However, he was in fact in touch with the most advanced developments in contemporary Florentine art and in later life was known to have traveled widely for prestigious commissions. It was thought that his artist career was the influence of the International Gothic period, which was an infusion of Italian and Northern European art throughout Europe at the end of the 14th century.

Angelico lived in S. Domenico in Fiesole during most of his career and in 1450, he became the Prior there, but his most famous works was painted at S. Marco in Florence. S. Marco is a Sylvestrine monastery, which was taken over by his Order in 1436 and is today an Angelico museum. From 1438 through 1445, he and his assistants painted about fifty frescos, which in the friary that are the expression of and a guide to the serenity and spiritual life within their community. Many of these frescos were painted within the friars cells or sleeping quarters.

In the last decade of his life, Angelico also worked in Orvieto, Perugia, and later in Rome, where he frescoed the private chapel of Pope Nicholas V in the Vatican. Angelico died in 1455 in Rome. He was buried in the church of S. Maria sopra Minerva, where his tombstone still exists. Within the ‘Church’ Angelico ‘The painter’ has long been called ‘Beato Angelico’ (the Blessed Angelico), but his beatification was not made official by the Vatican until 1984.


Evelyn out.




Saturday, June 16, 2007

New Banner For New Site - A Catholic's Life

Hello Everyone,

Evelyn Here,

Look for the banner below on my new homepage.  As with my mainstream film review page, the pages added on this site will be used for christian film reviews, extended articles, and archving.              



Evelyn out.



Lord, Forgive the Wrong I Have Done

                                  Lord, Forgive the Wrong I Have Done

Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11



Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11


Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
Blessed is the one whose fault is taken away,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt,
in whose spirit there is no guile.
 Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
I acknowledged my sin to you,
my guilt I covered not.
I said, “I confess my faults to the LORD,”
and you took away the guilt of my sin.
 Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
You are my shelter; from distress you will preserve me;
with glad cries of freedom you will ring me round.
Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you just;
exult, all you upright of heart.
Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.


New American Bible

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Painting: Artist Unknown


Last Entry: "Unshed Tears",

This was the last entry I posted on the BTCC YM website. The protrait is by an unknown artist and the prayer, "Unshed Tears", is my own.


Jesus breaks this servant’s fall. I am lost and alone in this wilderness with unshed tears. No friend or love of my own. Only deception, hate and jealously follows me home. Lend me your peace, and save your servant from drowning in a misted unnatural vows and faithless devotions.  Lord, God, release your servant’s tortured soul. 

Unshed Tears - Prayer for Divine Intervention and Deliverance

Evelyn F. Altheimer-Fain© June 09, 2007.