Sweet Land of Liberty


Image credit: Independence Day, Andrew Wyeth, shamelessly pinched from here

The first post-Roe Independence Day, and I'm feeling more hopeful than I have in a while. Not optimistic, mind you, but hopeful! If that great and wicked spell can be broken, so can others. 

I'm not sure why I'm telling you this because I don't expect anyone to understand,  but yesterday at Mass, our genuinely beautiful choir sang America the Beautiful as one of the post-communion hymns. As I've confessed previously, I can't sing that song, especially the later verses, without tearing up, so when it happened it didn't take me by surprise. 

But I was completely overcome with unexpected weeping when we sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic as our recessional hymn. I'm not positive this meaning was intended (though knowing the choir director I think it was), but it felt like a comment on the Dobbs decision, and in an instant, every bit of joy at finally attaining the long-awaited destruction of that wicked legal fiction, every bittersweet memory of all the heroes of the movement who didn't live to see the day, all the sense of alienation from pastors and erstwhile pro-lifers who couldn't muster a bit of happiness or gratitude for the decision came pouring out. I couldn't stop. It was embarrassing! But cathartic. 

Spent yesterday with some old political philosophers and patriots in a small town on the water where they had a great parade and fireworks, and that was also good for the soul. 

For your Independence Day reading: 

Patriotism as A Virtue.  "John Adams calls us to celebrate our country by prayer, parades, and pyrotechnics. I’m with Adams."

My now-perennial posting of Peter Schramm's Born American, but in the Wrong Place

Oh, and: the first tomato of summer!  Just a cherry tomato, but the promise of things to come! 


30 Days of the Sacred Heart, Day 30


Image credit: icon of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, possibly written by Marek Czarnicki

An internet friend posted this but didn't know anything about it. Google image search is kind of useless these days, but there are a dozen Pinterest posts that attribute this to iconographer Marek Czarnicki and link to his site -- which doesn't have this image, though it does have other icons in this style. 

Still a nice image to close out the month. 

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on Us!

Thirty Days of the Sacred Heart, Day 29


Image credit: Sacred Heart, Georges Desvallieres, 1920, shamelessly pinched from Musee Maurice Denis 

I don't like this one nearly as much as my favorite Sacred Heart image, also by Desvallieres. But it's interesting. Click the link and zoom in. 

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on Us. 


30 Days of the Sacred Heart, Day 28


Image credit: from African American Catholic Ministries. Shamelessly pinched from their wall

I just ran across this one this week and I love it, but alas don't know anything about it. The person who took it doesn't even remember where she took it. 

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us!  

30 Days of the Sacred Heart, Day 27


Image credit: "Agotado," Jose Luis Castrillo, shamelessly pinched from the artist's website.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary, and Chaste Heart of St. Joseph 

Jesus, Meek & Humble of Heart, make my heart like unto Thine! 


30 Days of the Sacred Heart, Day 26


Image Credit:  Sacred Heart by Clotilde Devillers for the Abbey of Saint Madeleine

Jesus, Meek and Humble of Heart, make my heart like unto thine! 

The Dobbs Decision



Headline of the Wall St. Journal June 25th, 2022, the day after the decision 

This is an ex post facto post, but it occurred to me I might want to save this for posterity, or at least until Google finds me and shuts me down ;)  A thing I've worked and prayed and hoped and marched and sacrificed for most of my life, and did not expect to see. 

The Dobbs v. Jackson Decision

Update: So many pastors, including our bishops, had a hard time finding anything positive to say about the Dobbs decision, I just wanted, for the record, to show how it should have been done.  Most of this homily is a commentary on the gospel of the day, but the first few moments are about Dobbs. 

30 Days of the Sacred Heart, Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary


 This one tells you exactly where it's from. Shamelessly pinched from her website!