This reliquary is linked to the extraordinary phenomenon that occurred between 29 August and 1 September, 1953, in Syracuse Sicily, when a small plaster picture depicting the Immaculate Heart of Mary, hung above the bed of a young married couple, Angelo Iannuso and Antonina Giusto, shed human tears. The reliquary contains part of the tears that flowed miraculously from the image of Our Lady
Symbolism of the bee is everywhere. On a recent trip to Vienna I saw it in corporate logos over 200 years old, in family crests of kings, and on the dress of Ma...rie Louise, Napoleon's second wife and Empress of the French from 1810 to 1814. Not surprisingly, her husband - nicknamed The Bee, adorned her in clothing designed with bees.
A Prayer Blanket for Syria:
At 10 pm (whenever it is 10pm in your region, so it goes around the world), you are requested -whatever your geographical location,... beliefs or religion - to honour a time of quiet reflection and prayer. This is a time to stand in solidarity with those who are suffering, in remembrance and hope of peace. This is St Barbara who is the matron saint of those under bombardment.
Is this old man a time traveller, or perhaps the spirit of a priest who was murdered here almost 120 years ago? The old man in the foreground looks remarkably l...ike the old man in the painting behind him, who I believe to be Father Igumen Parthenius, who in 1870 built the church and turned it into a monistic convent. He was stabbed to death in his cell in 1909 - and nobody ever determined why, or who did it. I took this photo last week, during orthodox Easter on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, in the church where John the Baptists head was first discovered after his decapitation. Occam’s Razor would say that priests model themselves after Father Igumen Parthenius, who is a bit of a renowned figure, but this chaps age and appearance make for a striking resemblance.