Today we have a giveaway that I know you will love. As you know, we try to offer you the best and the most beautiful.
Well! Are you a grandparent with a new little one coming along or a godparent who’d like to offer the perfect gift for your godchild? How about a lovely beeswax baptismal candle? This candle can replace the generic one normally offered by the parish. We are giving one away today! This is a $40 value that we are giving away to a lucky reader!
With baptism, the new Christian is welcomed as a member of Christ’s Church and washed free from sin by the Blood of the Lamb. A blessed candle is lit from the Paschal candle, the great symbol of Christ in every Catholic church. But — The little light of the baptismal candle is brought home but too often forgotten.
With today’s giveaway, the candle can be remembered and even placed in your Little Oratory at home, brought out each year to celebrate the baptismal date — and lit at Christmas, Candlemas, and Easter — or whenever seems appropriate in your family celebrations, including for subsequent sacraments received by the child.
These artisanal candles are liturgical quality, 51 % beeswax that will help families remember the gift of baptism. There are seven Christological themes from which to choose, and the personal details — name, baptism date, place of baptism — can be recorded on the candle. Each one comes carefully packed in a protective tube with a votive holder and suggestions for implementing annual baptismal celebrations into your family tradition. The candle is a beautiful and perpetual gift. (Go to the end of the post for details on how to enter!)
And on to our links!
- So either this is just really macabre or… well, it’s macabre, but still, I think your boys will love it: How to make a fruit bowl from melted army guys! (By the way, I think it’s so funny that soldiers are really called “army guys” — like if you go on a military base, people talk about the Marines and the sailors and the “army guys”!)
- I thought this article about autism from a father who wonders if it’s what we’ve been told — was interesting. Perhaps you’d also like to read the original article that appeared in a medical journal. I don’t know much about autism, nor do I have any personal connection with autism. But the subject does intrigue me, especially the author’s observation that fever and antibiotic use have been known to change the behavior of the child with autism, something I had never heard of. Thoughts?
- Rosie sent this really incredible article about a Rwandan woman who saved a baby in the genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda when she was a girl of 11. “We must all understand that being a hero has nothing to do with being dominant or so strong. Uwamahoro didn’t know where she was going but she took charge of another human being’s life at her own life’s risk. Had we had a million Uwamahoros, no Genocide would have happened.”
- The redoubtable Fr. James Schall, SJ, on the “one small point of doctrine” that St. Thomas More was willing to by martyred for — and why it matters today and always.
- Do you know about the poet Roy Campbell? An amazing character — convert — friend of Tolkien, Lewis, Eliot, and other luminaries — inspiration for Strider — and rescuer of the writings of John of the Cross. A must-read.
- The wisdom and wickedness of women, by Joseph Pearce. Hitler made history… maybe making history isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be!
- James Howard Kunstler is one of our own Joseph’s favorite critics. I was poking around his interesting site and found this post about his garden, which is of course very appealing — but read the comments for some gentle advice to him about his use of the land. Personally, I agree with Ginny — raised beds help you if you have “gardening attention deficit disorder” (her term, I believe). What do you think?
- I always get a kick out of Victoria Elizabeth Barnes. She makes me feel so validated — and simultaneously a lot less crazy than she is — for my roadside finds, failed Craigslist purchases (hey, I didn’t get killed, so WIN!), and continually procrastinated projects. Here she is repurposing a square piano (or planning to) as a kitchen island! “It maddens me, that I have somehow, involuntarily, accidentally, not gotten the giantest available giant fancy thing.” Love her.
It’s May! Here’s a gentle way to start liturgical living with the saints and with the seasons, from the archives. Also from the archives, how to deal with picky eaters: hint: don’t give in, but do deep fry their supposedly hated food in a great beer batter, recipe included.
Happy Feast of the glorious St. Athanasius, defender of the faith!
************* THE GIVEAWAY! *************
To win a lovely baptism candle, just leave a comment! If you “like” our page on Facebook, let us know in a second comment for a second chance to win! (It’s also a great way to be notified of a new post.) We will close the giveaway on Wednesday night.
The winner will receive a lovely beeswax candle, carefully packaged — with a holder included! Remember, this candle can be personalized with the name of the person who is being baptized — and you choose the decoration. This makes a wonderful gift from the Godparents or grandparents, or certainly, if you are the mother or father, you can choose this candle for your baby’s baptism.