Winifred Austen (1876-1964) - Zebra Finches, pencil, water- bodycolour.
Dead Carmelite Nun and Colleague, France (1904).
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La Porte Saint Denis Sous La Neige, oil on canvas, is by Edouard Cortes, known as the Parisian Poet of Painting, 1882-1969, French post-impressionist artist.
According to a new book, ‘The Mother of the Pope’, her doctor advised her to abort the future pope when she was pregnant with him. Evidently, she suffered from the after-affects of rheumatic fever, which often include damage to the heart valves.
In the days before antibiotics, rheumatic fever was fairly common. Damage to the heart valves was treated mostly by bed rest and efforts not to strain the heart. Pregnancy, as anyone knows, puts a strain on the entire body. I would guess that this is what led the doctor to advise abortion to the pope’s mother.
Emilia Kaczorowska refused the doctor’s advice and gave birth to a baby boy that she and her husband named Karol. She survived the pregnancy, but died nine years later, leaving the little boy without a mother.
Blessed John Paul II was a great pope. Among other things, his fearless stand for the sanctity of human life ennobled and empowered a worldwide resistance to the evils of abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and the many ways in which humanity attacks the dignity and value of those who can’t fight back.
Judging by his mother’s courageous determination to give him life, the apple did not fall far from the tree.
We should make Easter a forty-day celebration. If Lent is that long, Easter should be at least that long, all the way to Ascension. We should meet regularly for Easter parties. We should drink champagne at breakfast. We should renew baptismal vows with splashing water all over the place. And we should sing and dance and blow trumpets and put out banners in the streets. And we should invite the homeless people to parties and we should go around town doing random acts of generosity and celebration. We should be doing things which would make our sober and serious neighbors say, ‘What is the meaning of this outrageous party?’
N.T. Wright (via gospelofthekingdom)
Actually, the Easter season is 50 days up to Pentecost. So I’ll see your 40 days and raise you 10!