27 January 2008

Happy Birthday Tom!

We all love you and miss you, and wish you all the best on your birthday! Beatus dies natalis!

As you may have noticed we've made a few changes to the sidebar. Still at the top is the picture of Jeramiah lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem; this reflects the current liturgical season of Septuagesima (seventieth), which calls to mind the seventy years of the Babylonian Captivity in order to prepare us for the penance and hardships of Lent. Next, January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus; hence the IHS monogram.

The section "About Us" has been expanded to include all our patron saints (let us know if we missed any important ones). We included the saints in whose names we were baptized and confirmed (Ss. John, Patrick, and Francis; Ss. Elisabeth, Anne, and Maria Goretti; Ss. Mary, and Thérèse of Lisieux). We actually chose Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces as Maria's patroness only then to make the delightful realization that she was baptized on the vigil of this feast.

We also included the patrons of our places in the family (Ss. Joseph, Anne, and Maria Goretti), our places in society (Ss. Albert the Great, and John of God), and our places on the globe (Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Immaculate Conception, and St. Florian); Ss. Thomas Aquinas and Thérèse of Lisieux are the patrons of the International Theological Institute. As it turns out John was born on the feast of the patron saint of theology students!

We also added individual links to our photo albums lower down on the sidebar. There are pictures of Maria from January, pictures of Christmas Day, and more pictures of Maria (this time from November and December). After these are pictures of our latest trip (to Rome and Orvieto), and our earlier trips to Vienna and Salzburg.

1 comment:

BONIFACE said...

John, I liked at Ave Maria in 1st year Latin, when it was somebody's birthday but we didn't know how to say it in Latin yet, we'd write "Beatus Birthdus" on the board. I think it made the point.