The weekly “little of this, little of that” feature here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!
Last year we did a really popular giveaway for the Sacred Art Series‘ Rosary Flip books – -and followed up with their Gospel of St. Luke and St. John. These are wonderful aids in devotion, because what the publisher, Will Bloomfield, has done is present the Rosary and the Gospels with beautiful traditional art.
In addition, the Gospels offer something I think we’ve all looked for — not Bible stories but the actual Scriptures — but presented without the distraction of notes and numbers. Of course we all have our study Bibles handy. But for prayer and for the young person who is past Bible stories but still needs something simpler (yet still with a good translation and beautiful production), this edition can NOT be beat. Perfect for your teenage godson, perfect for your spouse.
You asked for a larger Rosary flip book that had a better, sturdier stand and higher quality images, and Bloomfield has delivered. It has been revised — the prior version was 8″ x 10″ and the current version is 7″ x 9″ which made the image sharper and the stand sturdier. (I’m going to say that I think that the issue is better, but not quite resolved, in that perhaps the original images are just not high quality enough to be printed absolutely well. However, as a flip book that everyone in the family or small class can see and pray with, I think it works well.)
You also clamored for the Luminous Mysteries (which of course weren’t a thing when the traditional set of mysteries was painted). The images in the Luminous Mysteries Flip Book are all from Fra Angelico and Giotto. If anything, I love this one more, and the printing quality is excellent. Peruse all the offerings at the Sacred Art Series site, and then leave a comment on this post to enter to win!
This time we will have four winners: Two winners will receive the Gospels of St. Luke and St. John (these two Gospels in one book), One winner will receive the small flip book for the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary as well as the Luminous Mysteries flip book and One winner will receive the large flip book of the three traditional Rosary Mysteries as well as the Luminous Mysteries flip book.
The giveaway is over – congratulations to our winners: Beatriz, Hannah, Colleen, and Michelle!
And on to our links:
- I hadn’t known many Californians, I guess, and when I made friends with one this whole “take the 190″ was so foreign to me. Here’s why she said it. Now I sometimes say it too because it’s cute.
- An amazingly inventive ophthalmologist thought outside the box. Now he brings sight to thousands upon thousands of poor people quickly and cheaply. “Here, the returns are so clear,” Dr. Ruit said as he bandaged her eye. “It’s like no other medical intervention.”
- Our Joseph once told me that he is astounded at how prophetic the writings of Tom Wolfe are. I’ve always been a fan (although I haven’t read I Am Charlotte Simmons: A Novel). But it just gets more so, this social commentary before the events happen…
Parents who get divorced tend to see things from their own point of view, pretty exclusively. Here is a roundup of articles that might give a different slant on things, if you are following the doings of the Synod on the Family and the question of Holy Communion for those who remarry. I promise you that each one has insights about marriage, family, children, and the law (and the Law) even for those who aren’t Catholic.
- Compassion has nothing to do with it, from the redoubtable and wise Ed Peters, canon lawyer.
- A non-religious — and quite moving — view of divorce from the child’s perspective. What I hope you notice: their children give the couple a sense of shared history that nothing can replace and nothing — even seeming heartbreak — can destroy. The last line is a bit trite, but doesn’t take away the truth of what has been revealed.
- In America Magazine (of all publications! America Magazine is the one that has been leading for the change in Church teaching on Communion for divorced and remarried), a group of people who grew up with divorce and cohabitation writes a moving and pointed defense of “hard truths.” A must read.
- The Chief sums it all up, pending a document from Pope Francis.
- Children need to know that God wants everyone to have a happy ending, and the Gospel is the story upon which all stories (fairy tales most of all) are based, while being completely true. Specifically, Daniel Mattson writes, children need to know that no one is gay.
- A child can teach you a lot. “Let the children come to me,” Jesus said, “and hinder them not.” Kelly Mantoan writes movingly about how suffering can save, and fear of suffering can kill — a person and the soul.
- We deplore the devastation in Paris, the terror of last night. We in the West have to take a long look at ourselves if we are going to stand up to evil, because only with something can we fight against an ideology that sees a vacuum where faith should be. Our friend Fr. Pokorsky challenges our complacency here at home, where babies too are beheaded.
Well, we can only start with ourselves! Let’s commit to prayer and that “living differently” that Benedict XVI spoke of as the result of hope, hope in Christ.
When you are wondering what on earth you can do to build a community around you (especially if you are like me and feel pretty darned inadequate and like you are re-inventing the wheel every day), please consider joining or starting a St. Greg’s Pocket. If you see that one exists on Facebook already but nothing seems to be going on, that means that YOU can jump in and do one of the things we suggest in the linked posts. Maybe you’d like to read some good books with friends as you build your community? Well-Read Mom is hosting a giveaway to get you started. Your book club can be a subsidiary of your St. Greg’s Pocket! (Because eventually someone has a baby and needs meals… and then the kids get bigger and they need friends… so it’s about more than just your reading group… )
Remember, November is the month when Christians traditionally pray for those who have passed away. Now, before Thanksgiving is upon us, is a good time to put those memorial prayer cards of your beloved dead on or near your Little Oratory.
To enter our giveaway, leave a comment here and say which offering you’d like! And then go “like” the Sacred Art Series Facebook page, so that Will Bloomfield, “just a dad,” can continue to offer such good products.