Here it is – Friday already, the first Friday of August, in fact. Time for the Weekly TCC Field Intelligence Report, v.9.2, your source for the Good, True, Beautiful and Slightly Whimsical.
We’ve found ten stories having nothing to do with politics, Catechism revisions, scandals, Russian meddling, or
virtuevalue-signalling, because as you know all too well – that stuff can get rather overwhelming, and it’s everywhere you look. Except here and now. This is your oasis in the sandstorms swirling every which way. Grab your coffee or tea and catch your breath. Lower your blood pressure a few ticks, and leave all the noise behind for a little while. At the very least, check out the photographs of Dutch mills in the morning fog. Those pics alone will transport you to Hans Christen Andersen’s fairy tales instantaneously. When you’re done with that, read the other links too!
And please share with your family and friends. They look a little frazzled.
Cultivating Benedictine Wonder – Jane Peters, Church Life Journal
The Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb – Rev Bosco Peters, Liturgy
“Recently, an e-friend pointed me to a warming story of a community of Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb where women with Down syndrome can live a contemplative life. This is made possible because the single community has both sisters with and without Down syndrome.”
Store Employee’s Sweet Gesture to Teen with Autism – Gisela Crespo for CNN, Simplemost
“Jack Ryan and Taylor teamed up to stock the shelves together for half an hour, with Taylor handing Jack Ryan the products and Jack Ryan diligently putting them in the fridge. “It was a big deal,” Edwards said of seeing his son being able to help with the task.”
The History of the Scapular – Fr. William Saunders, Catholic Exchange
“Eventually, these smaller versions of the scapular became even more popular among the laity. To date, the Church has approved 18 different scapulars, distinguished by color, symbolism and devotion. Most scapulars still signify a person’s affiliation with a particular confraternity, at least loosely.”
I Photographed Dutch Mills in the Fog adn the Results Are Magical – Albert Dros, Bored Panda
“A few weeks ago I shot all of these photos during this magical morning; a morning I will never forget. On this particular morning thick fog covered the area of the famous windmill village Zaanse Schans (try to pronounce that 🙂 ) in the Netherlands.”
How Newman Fell In Love with the Blessed Sacrament – Fr Ian Ker, Catholic Herald
“It is remarkable how it was the reservation of the Blessed Sacrament in Catholic churches that more than anything else impressed and moved Newman, even more than the Mass itself. And it tells us something very important not only about Newman but also about a central aspect of the impact of Catholicism on the imagination of the 19th-century English Protestant convert.”
Basilica of the Holy Blood – Bruges, Belgium – Atlas Obscura
“It is popular legend that following the Crucifixion, Joseph of Arimathea wiped blood from the body of Christ and the cloth was preserved. The artifact was kept safe in the Holy Land until the time of the Second Crusade when King of Jerusalem Baldwin III gave it to his brother-in-law, Count of Flanders Diederik van de Elzas. The Count then took the relic back to Bruges where it sits in the upper chapel of the Basilica, still unopened to this day.”
When the Church Reads the Signs of the Times – James Kalb, Crisis Magazine
“What the signs tell us is that now—far more than in the past—the times are distracting us from eternity. Love of God is the first and greatest commandment, but no one today pays attention to it. Politics, education, and both high and low culture tell us that there is no transcendent dimension to human life.”
Tour de France Cyclists Stop to Pray at Shrine at Lourdes – Zelda Caldwell, Aleteia
“For the first time in 70 years, the city of Lourdes hosted cyclists from the Tour de France, and a few them them took the opportunity to pray at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes.”
Watch 2-Year Old ‘Burrito Girl’ Bring Handmade Breakfasts to Exhausted California Firefighters – McKinley Corbley, Good News Network
“Gracie Lutz is a perfect example of how you can never be too small to make a big difference. The 2-year-old girl has been handing out homemade breakfast burritos to exhausted firefighters who are currently combatting the Carr wildfires in Northern California.”
Image source: Public Domain via Wikimedia