Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bernadette, Blogiversary, and a Giveaway!

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Did you know she was only 4 foot 7?

Sometimes I forget to check my Catholic calendar, or to turn to the proper of saints in the breviary and end up missing a favorite memorial, but Our Lady of Lourdes is one I don't forget.  Three years ago today I became an intentionally and joyfully unemployed caseworker. Next to  recovered abilities to fix decent dinners and  be home when my kids got off the school bus, one of the happiest side results of this was time to a. consistently pray 5 liturgical hours daily and b. blog about it.

So I guess Our Lady of Lourdes is an unofficial patron of this blog. Never thought of it that way until today.  The story of Lourdes loomed large in my spiritual consciousness when I was young. It was always a major event when a TV station aired The Song of Bernadette. (This was the pre-VCR/DVD era).  More recently, the life and example of St. Bernadette has come to mean more to me than the apparitions and miracles.
Here are my favorite St. Bernadette resources:
St. Bernadette Soubirous by Francois Trochu - the definitive biography
A Holy Life by Patricia McEachern is a collection of Bernadette's writings. No one gets canonized because they had visions of the Blessed Mother. Here is a look into the heart of a saint.
DVD:
Bernadette, directed by Jean Delannoy starring Sydney Penney

The Passion of Bernadette (same director and star as Bernadette)

Although Hollywood's The Song of Bernadette is a happy monument to the golden age of Catholic-themed films, and has many fine features that cinema nerds can tell you about, I prefer Sydney Penney's more down-to-earth portrayal of the saint. Her courage and sense of humor come through, while Jennifer Jones' Bernadette is too much of the luminous, other-worldy, pre-canonized, too-good-for-this-earth variety. Plus it's all shot on location.

Now, back to the blog and the breviary.  I'll be re-running some popular  older posts in the next few weeks for the benefit of more recent followers.   Also, because after 3 years of blogging Liturgy of the Hours every week, and writing a book about it, there isn't much else left for me to do but repeat what has been said before.

Blogiversaries need giveaways.  I'll be doing one a week for the next few weeks. Put your name in a comment below, and on Sunday night I'll choose a winner. Please share a link to this post with your friends, since giveaways help bring in new readers. This week's giveaway prize is an autographed copy of The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours.  I know lots of you have it already, but this is a chance to get a copy to give to a friend, or, as I already said, to alert other people you know to this giveaway.

Welcome, new follower, Stuart, and everyone else who follows thought Feedly or other reader apps. Good to have you. Questions or comments are welcome anytime.






16 comments:

  1. Hi Daria! I'm reading the Nook version of your book, and anxiously awaiting my copy of "Christian Prayer" (it should be here tomorrow). I'm going to start off with the one-volume version, and hopefully graduate to the four-volume set whenever the new translation becomes available. I'm sure to have questions along the way. I'm ready to get started!

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  2. Hi Daria!

    God bless you on your Blogiversary! :)

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  3. Way cool! Today is my blogiversary, too!

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  4. Happy blogiversary! You made learning LOH so much easier, for awhile I thought I bought a very expensive new paperweight. Thank you for all you did and do.

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  5. Write me for a pix of T&D. sdw@stanwilliams.com

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  6. Hi Daria,

    Happy blogiversary. I have been enjoying your blog for over a year now and have recommended it to quite a few people.

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  7. Congratulations on your anniversary, Daria!

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  8. I know this is not of the greatest importance, but I have been reading a series of murder mysteries set in a medieval England, and the amateur detective is a Benedictine nun. The writer is very respectful of the Benedictine calling, and frequently refers to the nuns praying the liturgy of the hours. Whenever they need to go some place they always take their breviaries. I am wondering if you know what they would have had for breviaries back in the days before printing. Would each nun have had to copy her own? Did someone mass produce breviaries for all the religious? Wouldn't they have been very bulky, since parchment or vellum is much thicker than the very thin paper we get in today's printed breviaries?

    BTW, I never understand exactly what to do when I try to make a comment and it says "Select profile". I end up being anonymous not because I am trying to hide who I am, but because it will let me.

    Becky Duncan
    altduncan@verizon.net

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  9. Hi Darcia, I wanted to let you know how much you have helped me in my journey to learn, understand and do the Divine Office. Congrats on your anniversary and keep it up for all of us out here!

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    1. Happy anniversary, Darcia. This is my first comment. I've quiet come to your blog for help in praying the hours since I started in September. I am still learning, but you have been a great help, thank you.

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  10. Congratulations on your blogiversary, Daria! I love your blog. :-) God bless, Michele F.

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  11. I love yr blog....Happy Anniversary! You have helped me a lot!

    Kathy

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    1. Kathy--you are the winner of the book! congratulations. Please send me your address as soon as possible. Send it to thesockeys@gmail.com

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  12. thanks- we must persevere, God is good!

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