May 12, 2007

The bloggging of one of my visitors



May 11, 2007

Five states of the U.S.A. have members of Catholic religious orders as their national "representatives"

Continuing on "Blessed Damien of Moloka'i" from yesterday.... His statue is in the "National Statuary Hall" of the U.S.A. I posted the following last year.


The “National Statuary Hall Collection” in the U.S. Capitol contains one hundred statues donated by individual states to honor persons notable in their history. Originally set up in the old Hall of the House of Representatives, renamed National Statuary Hall, the collection is now spread throughout the Capitol. Each of the fifty states has contributed two statues. Five states have given statues of members of Catholic religious orders. Two of those statues depict beatified priests.

[Click on a photo to see a larger version of it.]

Arizona: Fr. Eusebio Francisco Kino (Society of Jesus).

California: Blessed Junípero Serra (Order of Friars Minor), whose feast is observed on July 1 in the U.S.

Hawaii: Blessed Damien de Veuster (Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary), whose feast is April 15.

Washington: Mother Joseph Pariseau (Sisters of Providence).

Wisconsin: Fr. Jacques Marquette (Society of Jesus).

Four of the statues are in the realistic or “classical” style, while the statue of Blessed Damien de Veuster is not. Father Damien died of leprosy he contracted while serving the lepers exiled on Molokai. His bronze statue is based on a photograph of him near the end of his life, with the scars of his disease visible on his face and his right arm in a sling beneath his cloak.



May 10, 2007

May 10 in the U.S.A.: Liturgical Memorial of Blessed Damien Joseph de Veuster of Moloka'i

Last month one of the novices of my monastery professed vows and received the name of Blessed Damien of Moloka'i. So, today Brother Damien celebrates his first patronal nameday in religious life as a monk.

I presided at the Mass today in the monastery, and I have posted my homily for today.
Click HERE for it.

May 09, 2007

Spc. Dan died in Iraq today. He was a friend of MM who visits this blog.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and may perpetual light shine upon him.


Spc. Dan H. Nguyen, 24, died in Tahrir, Iraq, on May 8, when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire.

He was a combat medic of Bravo Co 1-12 CAV 3BCT, 1CD. He would have turned 25 at the end of this month.


May 08, 2007

Less competition now

Okay! I got the monastery a Netzero account. That means that even while the employees in the guest office, the giftshop and the library are on our AOL account, the monks can still go online.

I'm still settling into my responsibilities. So blogging will continue to be intermittent for some days.

[By the way, Bob Farrell, I'm glad to know you like my shaving cream. Back in the 70's mine was lime-scented. However, since the 80's nothing but an electric razor has touched my cheeks.]