|Icon, St. John of God, by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2012|
Patron of Hospitals, nurses, heart patients, firefighters and booksellers
[I am sure you can easily figure out why I wanted to present St. John of God today!]
John of God (Portuguese: São João de Deus, born João Cidade Duarte) (March 8, 1495 – March 8, 1550) was a Portuguese-born saint, who became one of Spain's leading religious figures. John of God was born in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal, into a once-prominent family that was impoverished but had great religious faith. His mother died when he was only a small child, and his father joined a monastic order. One version of his life tells us that he was so captivated by an itenerent priest who had been preaching at his parish that he left home at age 8 to follow him. This, some say, was the reason for his mother's early death. As well, his father now left alone, chose to enter a monastery where he lived in great holiness until his death. The saint never saw either of them again.
|Knights of St. John of God|
The saint's remains have been hidden twice since his death: the first time in 1808, due to fear of their profanation by the Napoleonic army, and the second time due to the attacks on the Catholic Church by the Socialist party during the Spanish Civil War. This was part of a campaign of the burning of a large number of churches in Granada and all over Spain, and the murder of hundreds of clergy and members of religious Orders.
"If we look forward to receiving God’s mercy, we can never fail to do good so long as we have the strength. For if we share with the poor, out of love for God, whatever he has given to us, we shall receive according to his promise a hundredfold in eternal happiness. What a fine profit, what a blessed reward! With outstretched arms he begs us to turn toward him, to weep for our sins, and to become the servants of love, first for ourselves, then for our neighbors. Just as water extinguishes a fire, so love wipes away sin." St. John of God
I have mentioned my friend, Rose Marie Nicolucci, previously when showing you a couple of her paintings. She is what I call a "real artist" in that she has seriously studied and trained in the field of art plus she has artistic talent which she has developed over the years. As well, she teaches the occasional course and gives the occasional workshop. Her schedule can be found at http://www.beaux-artsbrampton.com/
So, when she told me some weeks ago that she was going to have an exhibition at a local gallery, I said right away that I would be glad to take some space and time on my blog to let my readers know about it. So, here is the announcement as well as a couple of my favourite works by Rose Marie. I am sure you will agree that her exhibit will undoubtedly be well worth your time. Plus, if you go on the "meet the artist" day, you will get to introduce yourself to a wonderful lady -- someone well worth knowing.
|Poster advertising the showing from May 6 to 16, 2012|
For more information go to http://www.lauriergallery.com/
|Arbutus Tree by Rose Marie Nicolucci|
One of my favourites
|Sunflowers (not its proper name) by Rose Marie Nicolucci|
I really do enjoy her sunflower paintings
SUKI and SALLIE
Not too much time left tonight as I am getting very tired and need to go and rest, but I do want to tell you a little bit more about Suki and her "icon" letter S.
Her behaviour hasn't changed much since last posting; however, she has touched the big, black letter S a few more times. Also, as you may recall, I asked for your response concerning this behaviour and I have received a couple of comments which I want to share with you.
"Something different to look,smell at. Something in the scent of it has attracted her! Enjoy !"
"Also if it is like a plastic material like vinyl records, this can sometimes give a static shock which an old cat i had used to quite enjoy and wait for us to turn on the tv just she could receive one. also i wonder if they see the same way as babies do, in black and white?"
And my favourite one:
"or maybe she wants a u,k,i to join it lol cats can be fussy!!"
One very interesting thing that is occurring because of Suki's behaviour is that every time I see her sitting quietly in front of the big letter, I am reminded to pray! So, I find myself saying a little prayer and sometimes more than just a little one as I pause to wait for her to finish whatever it is she is doing! Very strange, indeed.
As for me, I won't be writing again until after the procedure -- depending on how energetic I am feeling. Friday should actually be the next regular posting; however, I may not make it until later. If you want more details after Thursday and don't want to wait until the next posting, then you can always write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a quick reply.
May the peace of God be with us all.
St. John of God, pray for us -- especially all nurses and heart patients.