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Quatrain 38 by Himmapaan

Salvete All!

Happy Fourth Sunday of Advent! I hope everyone has had a good Advent thus far! I know mine has been busy (especially this past week, finishing up with finals and doing lots of Christmas shopping). I wanted to thank you guys for your prayers for my eyes. They seem to be doing a bit better. I did go to an eye doctor to get them checked out but he only told me that I might have dry eyes. The migraines have decreased somewhat too, so that’s been good. Again, thank you to everyone who offered up some prayers for me! I really appreciate it! :aww:

I’m sorry my journal updates haven’t been particularly profound or very spiritually enriching of late. I was looking back at some of my older past journals and I think I just did a better job in general keeping up with things. Anyway, today I want to share some beautiful readings with you guys. These both come from the Church’s Office of the Readings and I’ve found these to be particularly beautiful and moving, especially since our readings at Mass today had to do with the Annunciation and David’s desire to build a temple for the Lord. I hope you guys enjoy them too. Merry Christmas everyone! God bless you! :holly:

Annunciation by Meldelen


“You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us.

The price of our salvation is offered to you. We shall be set free at once if you consent. In the eternal Word of God we all came to be, and behold, we die. In your brief response we are to be remade in order to be recalled to life.

Tearful Adam with his sorrowing family begs this of you, O loving Virgin, in their exile from Paradise. Abraham begs it, David begs it. All the other holy patriarchs, your ancestors, ask it of you, as they dwell in the country of the shadow of death. This is what the whole earth waits for, prostrate at your feet. It is right in doing so, for on your word depends comfort for the wretched, ransom for the captive, freedom for the condemned, indeed, salvation for all the sons of Adam, the whole of your race.

Answer quickly, O Virgin. Reply in haste to the angel, or rather through the angel to the Lord. Answer with a word, receive the Word of God. Speak your own word, conceive the divine Word. Breathe a passing word, embrace the eternal Word.

Why do you delay, why are you afraid? Believe, give praise, and receive. Let humility be bold, let modesty be confident. This is no time for virginal simplicity to forget prudence. In this matter alone, O prudent Virgin, do not fear to be presumptuous. Though modest silence is pleasing, dutiful speech is now more necessary. Open your heart to faith, O blessed Virgin, your lips to praise, your womb to the Creator. See, the desired of all nations is at your door, knocking to enter. If he should pass by because of your delay, in sorrow you would begin to seek him afresh, the One whom your soul loves. Arise, hasten, open. Arise in faith, hasten in devotion, open in praise and thanksgiving. Behold the handmaid of the Lord, she says, be it done to me according to your word.

- In Praise of the Virgin Mother, by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Virgen de la Esperanza by Meldelen


“When the angel revealed his message to the Virgin Mary he gave her a sign to win her trust. He told her of the motherhood of an old and barren woman to show that God is able to do all that he wills.

When she hears this Mary sets out for the hill country. She does not disbelieve God’s word; she feels no uncertainty over the message or doubt about the sign. She goes eager in purpose, dutiful in conscience, hastening for joy.

Filled with God, where would she hasten but to the heights? The Holy Spirit does not proceed by slow, laborious efforts. Quickly, too, the blessings of her coming and the Lord’s presence are made clear: as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting the child leapt in her womb, and she was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Notice the contrast and the choice of words. Elizabeth is the first to hear Mary’s voice, but John is the first to be aware of grace. She hears with the ears of the body, but he leaps for joy at the meaning of the mystery. She is aware of Mary’s presence, but he is aware of the Lord’s: a woman aware of a woman’s presence, the forerunner aware of the pledge of our salvation. The women speak of the grace they have received while the children are active in secret, unfolding the mystery of love with the help of their mothers, who prophesy by the spirit of their sons.

The child leaps in the womb; the mother is filled with the Holy Spirit, he fills his mother with the same Spirit. John leaps for you, and the spirit of Mary rejoices in her turn. When John leaps for joy Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit, but we know that though Mary’s spirit rejoices she does not need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Her son, who is beyond our understanding, is active in his mother in a way beyond our understanding. Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit after conceiving John, while Mary is filled with the Holy Spirit before conceiving the Lord. Elizabeth says: Blessed are you because you have believed.

You also are blessed because you have heard and believed. A soul that believes both conceives and brings forth the Word of God and acknowledges his works.

Let Mary’s soul be in each of you to proclaim the greatness of the Lord. Let her spirit be in each to rejoice in the Lord. Christ has only one mother in the flesh, but we all bring forth Christ in faith. Every soul receives the Word of God if only it keeps chaste, remaining pure and free from sin, its modesty undefiled. The soul that succeeds in this proclaims the greatness of the Lord, just as Mary’s soul magnified the Lord and her spirit rejoiced in God her Savior. In another place we read: Magnify the Lord with me. The Lord is magnified, not because the human voice can add anything to God but because he is magnified within us. Christ is the image of God, and if the soul does what is right and holy, it magnifies that image of God, in whose likeness it was created and, in magnifying the image of God, the soul has a share in its greatness and is exalted.”

- from a commentary on Luke by Saint Ambrose

Virgin Mary pregnant! by teopa


Beginning on the 17th of December, the Church begins to use the seven “O Antiphons” during Evening Prayer on the days preceding Christmas, calling on the Lord Jesus to hasten quickly and come to His people by invoking a number of His great Messianic titles. These are:

December 17th - O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
December 18th - O Adonai (O Lord)
December 19th - O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
December 20th - O Clavis David (O Key of David)
December 21st - O Oriens (O Rising Sun)
December 22nd - O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations)
December 23rd - O Emmanuel )(“God with us)

If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one - Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia - the Latin words ERO CRAS are formed, meaning, "Tomorrow, I will come." Therefore, the Lord Jesus, whose coming we have prepared for in Advent and whom we have addressed in these seven Messianic titles, now speaks to us, "Tomorrow, I will come." So the "O Antiphons" not only bring intensity to our Advent preparation, but bring it to a joyful conclusion."


Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!

The Census in Bethlem by Meldelen


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:bulletpink: The third rose candle in the Advent Wreath symbolizes Joy. :dance:
:bulletpurple: The fourth purple candle in the Advent Wreath symbolizes Peace. :aww:


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:peace: Pax Vobiscum! :peace:
Valete!
~Omnes ad Iesum per Mariam~

Your Sister in Christ,
* ~ Theophilia ~ *

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How to Order Prints:
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:bulletblack: Indicates exactly what picture(s) you want (preferably a link to the picture that I made, since, for example, saying that you’d like “Our Lady of Guadalupe” when I have four different versions could lead to rather embarrassing mix-ups).
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:bulletblack: Sends me your address (or whatever address you want me to send it to).
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Then I will reply with my address and the amount owed for the purchase of the requested prints. Then you can send me a check for the amount, and once I have received the check and it has cleared, I will send the prints your way. If you decide to cancel an order, let me know as soon as possible. I usually take a long time about cashing my checks anyway, so you’d probably be fine. ;-)

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5x7 - $8.00
6x8 - $8.00
8x10 - $20.00
8x12 - $25.00

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Shipping covers the costs of purchasing the container (shipping tubes for the bigger ones) and mailers in which to ship your item, and then for the actual postage.

I can also do mugs, calendars, mousepads and magnets, but those get a bit pricey for me to ever order, much less for someone else to purchase. But if you’re super keen on getting a mug or something, let me know. :)

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I'm just an aspiring artist from the lovely Mitten State. I'm a Roman Catholic who loves her Faith and everything pertaining to it (especially her philosophy, theology and history!). Like everyone else, I have an insatiable thirst for the Three Great Transcendentals: the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. I make art because I simply enjoy doing it. Historical and theological themes and subjects are what fascinate me the most, and I think that the human figure in particular is one of inexhaustible beauty. The Incarnation of Our Lord, after all, changes everything. For that reason, I also love to depict Our Lord and Our Lady, because they are the summit of human perfection (being the New Adam and new Eve and all that. ;-)). Our Incarnate God and His Mother are my favorite subjects to depict. :meow:
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:iconthestarsbeyondthesky:
Hello Theophilia, I recently lost someone very close to me, my mother is dead. I'm in such a pained state, is there anything you can say to offer support and strength in this time of darkness?
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Theophilia Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Maxwell, I am so sorry to hear that your mother passed away. :( I'm afraid I don't know what I could say that would give you comfort after such a loss. To quote Thomas Merton's No Man is an Island:

"The Cross of Christ says nothing of the power of suffering or of death. It speaks only of the power of Him Who overcame both suffering and death by rising from the grave. What after all is more personal than suffering? The awful futility of our attempts to convey the reality of our sufferings to other people, and the tragic inadequacy of human sympathy, both prove how incommunicable a thing suffering really is. When a man/woman suffers, they are most alone. Therefore, it is in suffering that we are tested. How can we face it? What shall we answer in the pain? Without God, we lose our humanity. When suffering asks, “Who are you?” we must be able to answer distinctly, and give our own name. By that, I mean we must express the very depths of what we are, what we have desired to be, and what we have become. All these things are sifted out of us by pain, and they are too often found to be in contradiction with one another. But when we live in Christ, our name and our work and our personality will fit the pattern stamped on our souls by the sacramental character we wear. We get our name in baptism. Our souls are stamped with an eternal identification. Our baptism, which drowns us in the death of Christ, summons upon us all the sufferings of our life. Suffering should call out our own name and the name of Christ."

I often find that reflecting on the words of the saints is very helpful, no matter what the circumstances. they've all gone before us through the same sufferings that we suffer. Remember also that God loves you and He will never abandon you. Cling to God and He will ease your pain and suffering by giving them the stamp of love. Everything in life is easier if it's done with love. Give God your pain and suffering and tell Him that you love Him in it, then let Him sanctify you through it. 

Here are some quotes about suffering that I found, I hope you find them comforting: www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/p…

May God grant you peace. :hug:
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Regesta Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hi! I loved your art and gallery. It looks awesome and appeals to everything around it.

Care to give me a Llama? (coz llamas are awesome.)

Also, check out my Facebook page (if ever you have a facebook.) and if you do like it please do like it! (not so much to see, New page.) (improvements are imminent.)

www.facebook.com/ArtRegesta <<< :heart:

Thank you so much!

P.S. I like your works, They can renew faith by just seeing at it. Making it stronger.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:

And sure, I can give you a llama. ;-)
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LadyoftheApocalypse Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Tag a quality deviant, You’re it!FREE flying hearts Icon  Quality doesn't mean that you have a lot of followers, or a lot of messages. It means that you’re nice to other people, and you deserve to be happy. :love: If you get this message, someone is telling you that they love you as you are, and they don’t care how much followers you have. Send this to 10 deviants who deserve it. If you break the chain, nothing will happen. But it’s just good to let someone know that you love them!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, thanks! :glomp:
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LadyoftheApocalypse Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hug 
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VirlandoPF Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice profile and arts :) God Bless :)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! God bless you too! :hug:
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LegendComic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Observe children, one of the last of an endangered species on Deviantart, the faithful Catholic... Lol I'm Catholic, so I'm just joking. Stay strong in the faith and may God bless!😎
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Theophilia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha, thanks! :XD: We are a bit of an endangered species on the dA. ;-)

God bless you too! :glomp:
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LegendComic Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Edited Jan 14, 2015
I received your box today. Very, very impressed I am with it, I must say! Definitely something I will treasure for life. I took the liberty of posting a photo of it, showing how my Templar trinkets look in it. Very much at home, but room for more, which will hopefully inspire me to come up with some more jewellery in the future. Not sure St Bernard would approve. 'Bling' was not really in keeping with the Rule, but never mind! Appreciated his words on the back of the bookmark, which is, as I say, too nice to hide in a book.  The Chesterton poem in the card, too, by the way. Thanks again and keep up the good work! I noticed you describe yourself as an 'aspiring' artists. I think that should  more accurately be 'inspiring', in more than one sense of the word. 

Templar Treasure in magnificent box by Theophilia by dashinvaine
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belianis Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Hola.
Have you ever stopped to think that the kind of bastards who would shoot and kill satirical cartoonists might take aim at religious artists such as you and myself?:( (Sad) :( (Sad) :( (Sad) :( (Sad) :( (Sad) 
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, but I'm not afraid of people killing me. The manner of our death is all in God's hands, and if that's how he wants me to die, I'm fine with that. We're all going to die someday. The only thing that I need to worry about is making sure that my soul is right with God. 
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belianis Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
That is the answer I expected from you.
!Felicitaciones!=congratulations!:) (Smile) :D (Big Grin) :) (Smile) :D (Big Grin) :) (Smile) :D (Big Grin) :) (Smile) :D (Big Grin) :) (Smile) :D (Big Grin) 
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JeantineHobbit Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  New member Hobbyist Writer
Greetings from one fantasy-loving Roman Catholic to another! :D
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a pleasure to meet you! :aww:
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JeantineHobbit Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  New member Hobbyist Writer
:)
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theaser9 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello!  I just want to say that your art is absolutely amazing and so inspirational!  Merry Christmas and God bless!  :)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :glomp: I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! :holly: God bless!
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Neoconvoy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Merry Christmas!

God bless you, your family, and other dear ones!


www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJpNub…
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Christ is born! Alleluia!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvjiVa…
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T0m1n8or Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Never relent on your devotion to Our Father Who art in Heaven.  God bless you and Merry Christmas. 
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amen! God bless you too! I hope you had a beautiful Christmas! :glomp:
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