Among Women 108 is a little bit about my own pilgrimage with St Therese of Lisieux during the last 6 months, plus a dynamic conversation with author and blogger, Heather King, who's new book Shirt of Flame is due out soon, chronicling her year with St. Therese and "the Little Way." (Related: you may also enjoy Elizabeth Scalia's recent interview with Heather King, here.)
I'm also celebrating the Blessed Mother's birthday as we talk about "Our Lady of Charity" - the Patroness of Cuba -- where there is a 400th anniversary kicking off this week on Sept. 8. And I'm posting some pictures (scroll down below) from the National Shrine for Our Lady of Charity, located down in Miami, Florida. (My column at Patheos this Thursday will also talk about this feast.)
And I am also taking audio feedback and written feedback for an upcoming AW Special Edition: What I Love About the Rosary. To participate, just share with me what you love about the Rosary, by calling our feedback line at 206-203-2024, or message via Facebook at the Among Women Podcast page. Or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can also take audio files that you record on your mobile phone or via iTunes. Entries must be received by 6pm EST, Monday, Sept. 26. All participants will have their names placed in a free drawing for a handcrafted rosary from Rustic Rosaries by Margaret Rose (made of beautiful blue pearls!) You can see it here...
My article about Our Lady of Charity at my column at Patheos will post here on Thursday, Sept 8th.
Here are some cool photos, courtesy of my friend, Maria Johnson (who took most of them), blogger and co-host of Catholic Weekend, and my friendly guide to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity.
Built in the late 60s to have the architecture reflect Mary's mantle.
The quote outside the building translates as:
Jesus said to his Mother: "Woman, behold, your son!"
And to the beloved disciple, "Behold, your mother!" (Jn 19:26, 27.)
Yours truly, blowing in the breeze, at the Shrine
(w/Maria Johnson's shadow)
a tile replica of Our Lady of Charity
a classic holy card image of Our Lady of Charity
Main Sanctuary (see tiny Virgin and Child illuminated.)
A dramatic mural captures key events in Cuban history.
A close up!
Kneeling before the main altar...
The adoration chapel.
Located on Biscayne Bay, it is interesting that the waves
on the stained glass are translucent in such a way
that one can see the ocean waters that separate the USA and Cuba.
Here's my statue at home,
a gift from the Morera family of Miami.
Here's a summary-style video from the National Shrine about this week's celebration.