Friday, July 01, 2016

Seven Quick Takes


1.  June is the month for flowering plants to bloom -- at least around here it is. Check out these photos I took recently:

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflowers) 

Sunflowers

Roses


Rose of Sharon bush with Orange Day Lilies

2.  June is the month of weddings. Here we are celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary. We love seafood and enjoyed eating out at this wonderful seafood restaurant.



Here we are on our wedding day:


Cutting the wedding cake:





3.  Here is the latest write-up on my new book, Learning to Love with the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir. It gives just the right amount of information and substance. Did I mention that it contains photos?

If you have read it, would you please post a few sentences on what you thought about it on Amazon? I would very much appreciate your opinion. Thank you!


4.  Speaking of my new book, Learning to Love with the Saints, would you like to win a copy? 


 
 

    Goodreads Book Giveaway
 

   
        Learning to Love with the Saints by Jean M. Heimann
   

   
     

     
     

          by Jean M. Heimann
     

     
         
            Giveaway ends July 09, 2016.
         
         
            See the giveaway details
            at Goodreads.
         
     
   
   






5. Today is the feast of St. Junipero Serra, a Franciscan priest and missionary from Spain, who converted thousands of native Americans.  He founded a mission in Baja California and the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California, in what was then Alta California in the Province of Las Californias, New Spain. Serra was beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 25, 1988, in Vatican City.  Pope Francis canonized him on September 23, 2015, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., during his first visit to the United States. Read more about him.

6. This past week, we celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, one of my favorite Marian feasts.  This week, Dr. Mark Miravelle talks about praying the Rosary to Mother Mary for the terrorist attack in Turkey. He asks us to pray for the victims and their families but also take personal peace in our warring world by drawing closer to the God of peace by fostering our personal prayer life. This will thwart the intent of the extremists to cause terror.


PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF ALL NATIONS

LORD JESUS CHRIST,
SON OF THE FATHER,
SEND NOW YOUR SPIRIT
OVER THE EARTH.
LET THE HOLY SPIRIT LIVE
IN THE HEARTS OF ALL NATIONS,
THAT THEY MAY BE PRESERVED
FROM DEGENERATION, DISASTER AND WAR.
MAY THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS,
WHO ONCE WAS MARY,
BE OUR ADVOCATE.
AMEN. 




7. Have a very Happy Independence Day! 

Jean

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