Archive for July, 2008

Last night I attended a bible study with the associate pastor at our church. During the course of the class, we studied Romans. There was this particular section on hope that you might already know but I felt that is was really intriguing so I wanted to share it with you all.

Romans 8:24-25

For in this hope we are saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.



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So in an attempt to keep up the traditional Fridays Fashion, here is a cute summer bag! It is a light wieght easy to carry Straw shopper bag.I hope you like it and I will post more soon!


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“What sound do I hear so strong and clear?” said the shepherd boy while tending his sheep. “That sound is beauty and I must follow it.” So he left his staff and followed the sound. Then the sheep heard the noise and followed their master towards it. The sounds rang long and clear – a wondrous sound of joy. The shepherd boy found himself in Jerusalem where it looked as though many others had followed the sound. He took his sheep to the top of a great hill where he saw children playing on the lap of a man. The children played happily while the man laughed, gaily saying, “Let the children come to me. Unless you become as little children you shall not enter the Kingdom of God.” The shepherd boy now had found the sound and was happy.

But not long after when he was once again tending to his sheep, he heard another sound but is was not laughter like the one he had heard before. It was the sound of many tears. The shepherd boy then left his flock to see where this tragic sound came from. The sheep in his flock cowered at the sound so the shepherd boy went this time alone. As he went, he saw many people with their hearts full of sin and hatred. He saw the laughing man once again but with him were no children and in his face was no laughter. His face showed nothing but pain and was drenched in blood as he carried a heavy cross up a great hill. This saddened the shepherd boy greatly to see this man in so much in pain, so he left that sad place and went back to his sheep.

Days later after the death of the once laughing man from Jerusalem, the boy, while sitting with his flock, heard a song. The boy did not know why there would be singing after the death of this great man, but despite this, his sheep left him and ran to see the song. The shepherd boy followed. He saw over the hill a man sitting with his sheep tending to them. The man’s back was turned to the boy. The boy suddenly recognized who he was when he heard him laugh. It was that laughing man back from the dead! He had risen after three days. The boy now knew his name. It was Jesus, Jesus Christ, the one who had spoken many times in the temple. Once again the shepherd heard him laugh a great laugh as he tended his beloved sheep.


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Martyrs of Bulgaria (850)

Feast day – July 23

Caught in the war between the Byzantine Empire and pagan infested Bulgaria, many Christians were slain in battle for Christ while others were executed by the pagans for their faith in God.

There is no list of names to commemorate these souls but they are given this day as their celebration and celebrate we must; for those who died only to be born again.


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Sts. Philip Evans & John Lloyd – Martyrs (1679)

Feast day: June 22

Two priests (Philip Evans; born 1645, John Lloyd; birth year uncertain) who suffered greatly during the Titus Oates’ Plot. Both had warrants out for their arrest, Father Philip Evans’s own wanted reward rated at 200. Neither one would leave their flock behind and continued to serve in secret. They are remembered among the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, whose collective feast day is on 25th of October.

In the year 1678 a justice of the peace by the name of John Arnold, a hunter of priests in his spare time, managed to get Philip Evans captured on December 4 of that same year. Refusing to take the oath he was confined in an underground dungeon where he was soon joined by Father John Lloyd, a Welshman who had been arrested in his own country of Wales, in Penlline, Glamorgan.

After five months had passed the two priests were brought up for trial on the 5th of May 1679. Though neither one was charged with any association with the Oates’ plot both were condemned for coming to the principality of Wales contrary to the provisions of the law, in other words they had come into the country as priests unlawfully. This is all despite the difficulty of collecting witnesses to testify against them. Finally two poor woman denounced Father Evans, declaring he had celebrated mass. This was enough to keep them in prison, and perhaps even bring about their demise.

Upon their return to prison they were granted much freedom, within the confines of the prison, and upon July 21st Father Evans was busy with a tennis game when he was informed that he was to be executed the following morning. He refused to return to his cell until he had finished the round.

When news got around of their execution the two priests spent much of their remaining hours conversing with people who had come to say farewell.

The next day, July 22 1679, the execution was held in Gallows Field, Cardiff (Now called Richmond Road, Cardiff). Both priests gave a fond goodbye; Father Evans, speaking in both Welsh and English so the spectators could hear, said “Adieu, Father Lloyd! Though only for a little time, for we shall soon meet again”

Father Lloyd responded with his own little speech, admitting “I never was a good speaker in my life”

In the year 1970 both Father Lloyd and Father Evans were canonized by Pope Paul VI. They share a feast day.

The Oates’ Plot


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Saint of the Day

Saint Thorlac Thorhalli (Thorhallsson) – Patron Saint of Iceland

Feastday July 20th and December 23rd

Born on the southern end of Iceland in 1133 Thorlac was part of an aristocratic family; it would appear that the family funds took a turn for the worse and the father left; leaving behind a mother, two daughters and young Thorla; who dedicated himself to the priesthood at a young age.

Ordained a deacon before he was fifteen and consecrated to the life of a priest at 18. He served as a parish priest before he went across seas for study, using money he had saved up on his own. He did an extensive portion of his study in Paris, France. It is believed that he traveled to London, as well.

Upon returning home to Iceland he moved to the south-east end to spend time in Kirkjubaer, where there he supported his mother and sisters. One legend tells howThorlac, upon returning home, was offered marriage by a rich widow but turned her down (It was not uncommon for Icelandic priests to marry) and devoted himself to reciting prayers and memorizing the Psalms.

Nearing the end of Thorlac’s 6 year stay in Kirkjubaer the first Augustinian Canonry in Iceland was founded in Thykkvibaer. Thorlac became the first abbot there and regulated the Augustinian Rule in all of Iceland.

Years later Thorlac was elected bishop of the city of Skalholt and worked to eradicate simony, lay patronage, and clerical incontinency.

15 years later in the year 1193, on December 23rd, Thorlac died at the ripe age of 60. After his death miracles were attributed to his intercession all over Iceland, leading to his canonization in 1198, a mere 5 years after his death and in 1984 his path to sainthood was completed on the 14th of January, by Pope John Paul ll.

Declared the Patron Saint of Iceland Thorlac is one of the few saints to hold two feastdays to his name; July 20th and December 23rd.

Thorlac’s mass is celebrated on December 23rd, the day of his death. The tradition of St. Thorlac’s day is the final preparation of Christmas; cleaning house and decorating, as well as preparing the Christmas meals.


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Happy Birthday to Lily and all our prayers to our fearless leader as she treks the wilds of Sydney, Australia.

Say hello to the pope from all of us on the other end of the earth

Here is our gift to you

*Rose and Ivy

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