downloadable PDF file: Women of Faith Resources July 2018
“I’ve always been a late bloomer, so I never feel like, ‘Oh, I’m gettin’ older; I guess everything is gonna stop.’ I’m the opposite: ‘Oh, I’m just getting started.'” ~ Megan Mullally
“Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.” ~ Neil Armstrong
“Blessed be the Lord for the beauty of summer and spring, for the air, the water, the verdure, and the song of birds.” ~ Carl von Linnaeus
Featured Day: July 26 ~ Saints Anne and Joachim
Patrons of grandparents, mothers, childless people, Canada, in particular, the Province of Quebec.
Saints Anne and Joachim, both of the tribe of Juda and of the Royal House of David, are venerated by the Church as the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Joachim in Hebrew means “Yahweh prepares” and Anne in Hebrew means “grace”. Holy Scripture makes no mention of Saints Anne and Joachim, but they have been honored by the Church as saints from early times. Churches and shrines are dedicated under their patronage, for example, Saint Anne de Beaupre in Beaupre, QC, Canada, St. Anne’s shrines at Isle LaMotte, VT and Sturbridge, MA, St. Anne d’Auray in Brittany (Bretagne) France, and St. Anne’s Shrine at St. Jean Baptiste Church in New York, NY. There are multiple “St. Anne Churches” the world over. Saint Anne is often represented as teaching her little daughter to read the Scriptures.
Patrons of grandparents: In many families today, grandparents baby-sit and share in the responsibility of caring for their grandkids. With both parents working and rising daycare costs, grandparents have become perhaps the most dependable source of daily childcare. While they’ve already raised a family of their own, most grandparents are eager to take on this role in their grandchildren’s lives. Grandparents are truly special people.
For more information:
Lectio Divina: Readings for Reflection and Meditation
- Ecclesiasticus 44:1, 10-15
- Ps 132:11, 13-14, 17-18
- Matthew 13:16-17
- Liturgy of the Hours
Audio Divina: Music Accompanied by Images
Enjoy the following selections from YouTube and let your heart and soul be touched by their messages.
“Do Everything. Become Anything. Through Music” with St. John’s Country Day School in Orange Park, FL. This is a whimsical listening experience so you can remember your grandchildren when they were young or imagine the ones that are little children now.
For Spiritual Reading
Visio Divina: Art for Prayer and Meditation
“Visual images are another doorway to sacred awareness. They can touch into our desire to grow in intimacy with God. So, we encourage one another to let ourselves be touched by the colors, shapes, figures and symbols that capture our attention most as we are praying. While gazing at an image ~ a painting, a photo, an icon, a sculpture, a piece of pottery … something may leap out at us, calling our attention to something of God just waiting to reveal itself to us.”
(Ideas inspired by Christine Valters Paintner and Betsey Beckman in their book, Awakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction. See also Abbey of the Arts.)
See the grandparents with their granddaughter, Mary. What might they be saying to one another? Ask them to give special graces to all grandparents everywhere in our world.
Reflect with this quote and border of flowers. Ask yourself: How are my grandchildren connecting our family’s generational lines? Or, how does my life connect the spiritual lines from one generation to the next?
Featured Videos and Movies
Discovering our Saints – Saints Ann and Joachim This short video presents the tender story of the grandparents of Jesus.
Virtual Tour of the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre This video highlights the beauty and artistic features of the Basilica.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Telling Our Stories In this documentary, grandparents share their stories of becoming full-time care-givers.
After viewing this film, we can ask ourselves: What did I learn in this documentary? What touched me most deeply?
The Joy of *GRAND PARENTING* Olly doing what boys love to do by Sue McDonald.
Take some time reflecting on times with your grandchildren or on your own experience of being a grandchild.
To know more about the St. Anne Shrine in Fiskdale, MA, visit the Facebook Page for St. Anne/St. Patrick Parish or visit their website here. There you can find a virtual tour of the shrine, videos and photos of events held there, and a novena to St. Anne.
Three renditions of the St. Anne Fugue by Bach
“A piece of trivia” – In the English-speaking world the fugue was dubbed “St. Anne” after a popular English hymn of Bach’s day “Oh God Our Help in Ages Past”. This hymn was written in St. Anne’s Church in the Soho section of London. It’s not known if Bach had actually heard this tune, or if the similarity to his opening fugue is simply coincidental.
J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major played by Markéta Prokopovi?ová, recorded in concert on April 21, 2015. Michael Engler / Rieger-Kloss organ, St. Maurice church, Olomouc, Moravia.
Bach ( Arr. Schoenberg) Praeludium & Fugue ” St Anne” BWV 552 BBC Philharmonic/ Slatkin Orchestral version of Bach’s famous organ piece.
Praxum Brass: FUGUE from J.S. Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in Eb (BWV 552, “St. Anne”) Recorded at Praxum Brass Quintet’s debut concert in San Diego, at Lakeside Community Presbyterian Church.