Friday, September 09, 2005

Hurricane Katrina: Donate!

Just like with the tsunami disaster, what can one say about all of this that hasn't already been said? For one thing, we should not cease to get the word out that we can help the survivors of this disaster. We may not be able to physically travel to the various locations, but just like for the victims of the tsunami, we can give of our possessions, our prayer, and of course, our money, at the very least -- this goes a long way. You've seen the images, and you've heard the stories. I can't even imagine what it must be like to be displaced in such a way from one's home, family, and other loved ones, but it happens.

There are many organizations through which we can donate, and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has indicated that donations can be made to Catholic Charities USA, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Knights of Columbus, and the Catholic Extension Society. I plan to make a donation through Catholic Charities, which is collaborating with the American Red Cross and other organizations.
Predominant Faults

I could easily relate to Fr. Jim Tucker's post on Predominant Faults. As one who tries to confess monthly, I believe that my spiritual life has been aided immensely from the graces of this sacrament and a regular examination of conscience. It has helped me become more aware, for example, of myself deeply, as well as my faults, including my predominant faults. But we must allow God's grace to work its sanctification. I am thankful that I can look at myself and say, "I'm a sinful man! Have mercy on me!" without stepping over into an unhealthy scrupulosity which can, of course, be dangerous to one's spiritual growth. God asks us for daily conversion of heart and mind with the help of His grace.
Les Très Riches Heures

One of the early illustrated pages (Folio 2r) from the Très Riches Heures, one of the most richly decorated and most famous Book of Hours to have survived.

The book was written and illuminated sometime between 1412 and 1416 by Paul Limbourg and brothers, for their patron Jean, Duc de Berry.

This page follows the calendar for the month of January and illustrates the day for exchanging gifts which occurs in January. The figure in blue robes towards the right is the Duke himself, seated at the table in front of the fire place. Above the fire hangs his coat of arms with golden fleurs-de-lys on a blue ground.

In the middle of the illustration a number of guests are invited to approach the fire with their hands out stretched to the warmth. One of these with a white cap folded over his ear is possibly a self portrait by Paul Limbourg.


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