July 31, 2009

Vivre Photographie!

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July 24, 2009

Knights of the Holy Eucharist

Hello all dear readers, i am finally 'back'! (And last week didn't count because i was a pirate, not my normal self.) Camp was fantastic, (pictures at some point... maybe?) and Alabama was lovely. As usual. ;) (Pictures definitely!)

While i'm on the topic of Sweet Home Alabama, i'd like to share with you a marvelous article i was e-mailed about The Knights of the Holy Eucharist, an order for men. I encourage you all to read it (but particularly you young men out there - hint! hint!) ;)

The article pretty much says it all, so i shan't take up any more of your reading time by explaining about the order. So here it is:

Young Catholic men find joy and fulfillment in ‘knightly’ service of Christ’s Eucharistic Presence
The Knights of the Holy Eucharist represents part of the resurgence of vocations in the Catholic Church.

HANCEVILLE, AL (Catholic Online) — In medieval days, knights were men who were elevated by their king and consecrated to a position of trust. These noble and faithful men would pledge to give their very lives to the service and protection of their lord and his kingdom.

Today, members of the Knights of the Holy Eucharist, a vibrant community of consecrated young men deeply committed to the Catholic faith, provide that very service for their Lord and King, Jesus Christ, through their work at the magnificent Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Angels Monastery in rural Hanceville, Ala. Situated on 400 acres of lush farmland along a remote country road some 45 miles north of Birmingham, the Shrine receives thousands of pilgrims each year who seek to nourish their faith amid this sacred and peaceful environment.

The Shrine and monastery, home to a cloistered community of Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, were founded by Mother Angelica, the beloved nun who entered religious broadcasting in 1981 on little more than a prayer and developed the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), the largest and most popular religious media network in the world. EWTN is headquartered some 50 miles to the south in the Birmingham suburb of Irondale, where the nuns resided in the original monastery until their relocation to the present site in 1999.

In the spirit of St. Francis

The Knights of the Holy Eucharist represents part of the resurgence of vocations in the Catholic Church developing from the “new evangelization” promoted by Pope John Paul II and continued by Pope Benedict XVI. Its members have as their primary focus the fostering of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament as well as the assistance and protection of the nuns of the monastery. Along with maintaining the grounds and facilities, the Knights host clergy, brothers, and seminarians on retreat; serve as acolytes at Shrine liturgies; and provide assistance for pilgrims.

Community members live... Read the rest HERE

If your interest is piqued and you get EWTN (and even if you don't) you might want to watch "Life on the Rock" on Thursday, July 30th when the Knights are on!

Mark your calendar! The Knights of the Holy Eucharist will appear on EWTN's “Life on the Rock” on Thursday, July 30, at 8:00 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time! The show can also be heard on EWTN Radio and viewed and heard on ewtn.com. If you miss the live broadcast, you can catch an encore:

Television: Friday at 1:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M.; Sunday at 10:00 P.M. (EDT)
EWTN Radio: Saturday at 12:00 A.M.; Sunday at 3:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. (EDT)

We ask for your prayers as we prepare for and appear on the show. To help us spread the word, please forward this email to as many people as you can.

May the Divine Child Jesus bless you abundantly!

Br. David Mary
Knights of the Holy Eucharist

July 20, 2009

Then End of The Story.... for now.

Well then, it seems as if I'm bein' called off elsewhere an' I won't be havin' time to tell ya about the rest o' our trip to find the Fountain of Youth, an' how Liz had to try an' get her ship back after Jack went an' gambled it off. Why to this very day she still won't let him forget it! (An' between the two of us, he'd sure be a fool to try it again.)

So me matey's, perhaps somedays ya'll find out the rest o' the tale. Until then, keep a weather eye on the horizion!

Wind in yer sails!

July 16, 2009

Where Jack Went

Now i'm hopin' you read Liz's entry before you read this! If ya haven't yet, now's a good time to do so! Here is the link: The Island

Well now, while Elizabeth and Will were wonderin' where Jack was an' sittin' on the beach, Jack was off wanderin' an' not wanderin' and he was not sittin' on the beach. Ya see, after Jack had taken a quick glance o're the Black Rose an' saw it was in need o' repairs, he'd spied somethin' aways down the beach and decided it merited investigatin'.

Jack's sun tanned face broke into a grin as he walked up to that part o' the beach that Elizabeth's ship - The Black Swan - was floatin'. His wiley mind began workin' and he glanced around the beach to make sure that no one was witness to his plot. Ol' Jack waded out toward the ship, muttering with satisfaction to himself. "Well now, ain't this a fine bit of luck. Fox's ship is in need of fixin which would slow me down, and up here pops Liz's fine old boat which is undamaged and there fore quite takable, also being noticablly smaller an' all her crew is gone leavin' it quite manageable by Old Jack."

Back to where we left Will an' Elizabeth an' the rest o' the crew....

"Well shiver me timbers, Jack's gotta be around here somewheres!" Elizabeth huffed. "I don't trust 'im!"

Will glanced around wryly. "Knowing Jack, he's probably checking on his rum supply."

Elizabeth was in the midst of rollin' her eyes when they spied somethin' an' near popped out of her head. "Oi!!!! Isn't that my ship?"

Elizabeth's crew gathered 'round her.
"Aye, so 'tis!"
"We'd followed ya Cap'n"
"We nearly struck aground in the storm."
"But we anchored 'er."
"We were washed off it ashore though."

Liz whipped out her sword. "Wait... no crew was left on board?"

The crew looked at eachother an' shrugged. "We'er all 'ere."

Liz looked back at her ship. "Then how?"

At the exact same moment, down to the hairiest fraction of a second, Will an' Liz shouted out. "Jack!"

An' would ya know but from across the water came that pirate's voice. "Thank you my dear Lizzy's crew for readying me to make sail! I doubtless would have been able to do it without you!" Through the spyglass, Will could see Jack tip his hat. "Sorry to leave ya in the lurch, but me mission awaits!"

Liz ground her teeth - which were in need of a floss, floss is hard to come by on the open sea - an' threw her battered hat on the ground an stomped on it. She searched long an' hard for the right words to yell at Jack, finally comin' out with "Bloody Pirate!!!"

Will's eye glinted. "He got us into this, we aren't droppin' out this easy. Crew!" He bellowed, brandishing his sword. "Let's get her ready to make sail!"

They went to it with a will - and Will - an' within' the half hour they'd gotten the Rose up off that beach an' ready to take after the Swan. Liz was at the wheel, havin' insisted that she was to be the one to steer the ship after the "Bloody Pirate!" As she steered she hollered out directions.

"Now when we get within' range, fire at will!"

Will raised an eyebrow.

Elizabeth choked back a giggle. "I mean, fire at Jack!"

The Black Rose raced over the Caribbean, fast in pursuit of Jack's commandeered ship. The chase was on!