Thursday, July 24, 2014

St. James the Greater

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St. James the Greater
St. James, the brother of St. John, is called ‘the Greater’ to distinguish him from another apostle with the same name. St. James and his brother left their fishing nets to follow Jesus as His first apostles. Once, Jesus rebuked them for wanting to call fire from heaven to destroy an unbelieving town. St. James was also a witness to the Transfiguration. He was the first apostle to be martyred. He is often depicted as a pilgrim with a hat and water-gourd because many pilgrims make the ‘Way of St. James’ across Europe to visit his tomb in Spain. St. James’ feast day is on 25 July.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

St. Charbel Makhluf

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St. Charbel Makhluf
St. Charbel Makhluf (1828 – 1898) was a Maronite monk from Lebanon. Maronites are a group of Christians with a long history in the Middle East. At a young age, St. Charbel became a shepherd to his family’s flock after his father died. His pious family upbringing taught him to love God greatly. Later, he joined a monastery and became a priest. Finally he became a hermit, living by himself in prayer and fasting. After his death, many healings and miracles occurred through his intercession. St. Charbel’s feast day is on 24 July.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

St. Mary Magdalene

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St. Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene was standing outside at the tomb weeping. So, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb, and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. They told her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, and didn’t know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?” She, supposing him to be the gardener, said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him, “Rabboni!” which is to say, “Teacher!”
John 20:11-16

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Saints A to Z Sketches


Here are some sketches of new artworks for the Happy Saints A to Z Cards Crowdfunding Project. It's not difficult to guess who they are ;)

The final color artworks will be part of the crowdfunded alphabet card set. The campaign has reached almost 70% of its goal with 26 days left! You can own a set of these cards by contributing to the campaign here:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Happy Saints A to Z Cards Crowdfunding Day #15

Happy Saints A to Z Crowdfunding Day #15

Over 50% goal reached! Thank you, dear Contributors, all 97 of you so far! 30 more days to go! Check out these prototype designs of the tuck box... finally decided on the green design.

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https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/happy-saints-a-to-z

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Mount Carmel is the mountain where the prophet Elijah showed the Power of God against 450 pagan priests (1 Kings 18). In the 12th century, hermits founded the Carmelite Order on Mount Carmel. They were dedicated to Mother Mary with the title Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Later, Our Lady of Mount Carmel appeared to St. Simon Stock, the leader of the order and gave him the Scapular. She told him that those who wear the Scapular in proper disposition will be protected and will be saved after death. The feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is on 16 July.