The Tomatoes Don't Lie, 2021.2


Just picked these. It's November, people.  Day 1 of the Christ the King Novena.  Tomato season keeps extending itself.  Normally if I plant in May, the vines are spent by the end of September or into October. 

The Tomatoes Don't Lie, 2021

The first tomato of summer ripened while I was on retreat last week, so it's unclear whether it was picked June 24 or 25th.  In any case, that's one early tomato -- and well ahead of all its brethren heavy yet green on the vines today. 

I think I neglected to note the day they went in the ground as 4-inch plants: May 2, 2021 

Just for tomato gardener's almanac purposes: 

2020: tomatoes in May 6, first ripe fruit July 4
2019: tomatoes in May 11.
2018 tomatoes in July 9 (outlier year: yard unavailable b/c of work being done) 
2017 tomatoes in June 10 
2016: tomatoes in June 9 
2015: tomatoes in May 30 ; first tomato Aug 9 

A Month of Hearts Day 30



Shamelessly pinched from this story about iconography in Bethlehem

Well, I surprised myself. Wasn't sure I'd have the staying power to fulfill my odd resolution to post 30 images of the Sacred Heart, one for each day of the month dedicated to it. Not even sure why that idea popped into my head, except that a couple of years ago I happened to notice that one of the Sacred Heart's promises to St. Mary Margaret was that he would bless every place where his image is displayed. 

And I thought, "Even the internet?" 

To be honest those promises, like most private devotions, kind of leave me cold. I just want plain, "Gospel" and Eucharistic Jesus.  But that idea caught in my head for whatever reason, and I do love the devotion of entering into Christ's love and like doing my wee bit to spread it.

I chose a mix of traditional and contemporary images in a variety of media and didn't even touch (but for yesterday) some categories, such as images of the heart alone, or textiles (chasubles and altar linens esp.), or -- strange!-- tattoos.  (If you do an internet search for images of the Sacred Heart, a surprising number of tattoos come up. Someone should do an article on why that phenomenon exists).  Posting the image doesn't imply I think it's successful, necessarily. Just interesting for some reason. 

If you've managed to find your way here, I hope you'll scroll around and see the whole month of Sacred Hearts and tell me which one(s) are your faves. Mine, without question, is the Desvalliers with Christ opening his heart from the Cross. 

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto thine! 

A Month of Hearts, Day 29



shamelessly pinched from artist's website. 

^ Click through to the artist's website to see what she says about the devotion.  Also, here's a prayer to the Sacred Heart from Bl. Miguel Pro, martyr, which I shamelessly pinched from churchpop

A Month of Hearts, Day 28


Image credit: shamelessly pinched from Sacred Heart Church Bahrain FB page.

A Month of Hearts, Day 27


Image credit: Christ crucified on the Sacred Heart, unknown artist, Mexican 
Shamelessly pinched from Philadelphia Museum of Art 


A Month of Hearts, Day 26



Image credit: Sacred Heart by sculptor Cristine Duniec, 2019. Photo by her husband, a friend

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto thine! 

ModernCatholicMom with a reflection on consoling the heart of Jesus.