|St. Macrina the Younger (drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer)|
What follows is a “pious” account of the life of St. Macrina the Younger with brief mention of her various saintly, family members. Try not to let the sweetness of the account bother you; instead, try to get a sense of how this family approached the living out of their faith in the early, tumultuous years of the Church. The information is based on the panegyric [extravagant praise delivered in formal speech or writing] authored by St. Gregory of Nyssa, her brother.
Saint Macrina the Younger was born about 330; died 379. She was the eldest child of Basil and Elder Emmelia, the granddaughter of St. Macrina the Elder, and the sister of the Cappadocian Fathers, Sts. Basil and Gregory of Nyssa.
|St. Basil the Great (drawing by S. Thayer)|
Now for something completely different... well, not really! I just want to show you another drawing of Calla lilies. I think by now everyone knows how much I love the look of Calla lilies. I keep drawing them and every so often I decide to delight you (burden you, maybe) with another example. Here is one of my more recent drawings.
|Calla lilies Zantedeschia (drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer)|
I must have at least 10 more photos of Calla lilies that I want to use for models for drawing so prepare yourselves. Sometime in the near future I should do an entire posting just of various drawings of Calla lilies!
Now let me show you some photos of swans I came across recently. Like Calla lilies, they are so elegant with their long necks and quiet gliding -- sort of like Calla lilies in motion!
|What a life!|
|Staying close to Mama!|
At the moment, Suki is considering whether to crawl into her favourite sleeping place in the back of the closet or beg for some more food! I, on the other hand, am feeling rather weary as I just finished a marriage preparation class with a very nice young couple. I do enjoy giving these classes, but these days they do tire me out somewhat.
|My sister with two of her grandchildren|
My sister and her husband flew in for a visit this past Wednesday. They live in Tennessee. It was so wonderful to see them both again. We had a good visit and now I miss them very much. It is interesting how precious such visits are the older you get. Our family was as dysfunctional as it gets, but I ended up with two wonderful sisters in spite of it all. What a blessing they have been for me. God is so good.
Tomorrow is the Feast of the Ascension. I wish you all a holy and blessed feast day.
May the peace of God be with us all.