Ooooooo! What’s that you’re eating there? Yummy for sure!
I’m hungry! I’m hungry! I’m hungry! Can I have some? Pleeeeeeeeeaaase!
AAAAAggghhh! Blech! Yuck! Waaah! What IS that? Blech!
“It’s called Spider Delight! Recipe: Just smack down any random spider galloping across Holy Souls Hermitage chapel floor in broad daylight, and you’re ready to go! I bet this fellow gained entrance to the hermitage by way to the logs I was carrying in to burn. Mmm, mmm… good!
Disclaimer: Don’t try this at home! I did NOT eat that spider! Nor did Laudie!
- Some good things did come in by way of a thoughtful benefactor, however. Some special Christmas chocolate (already!) and some Mystic Monk coffee. Thanks go to C.W. for forcing this gift to the hermitage upon me, against all my protestations. I love the addition of the ox and donkey next to the manger. Very appropriate. Our Holy Father agrees. I’ll have to think about getting that most recent book of his, which covers the infancy narratives in the Gospels…
I’ve added, as a reminder to myself, the last two volumes of the Holy Father on Jesus of Nazareth to my Amazon wishlist, which you can find on the Benefactors! page.
- Thanks go to J.A., who sent in… something very sweet and yummy, truly. Thank you! And, there’s a reusable tupperware tub included. Very handy, that.
- The neighbor was insisting that I transfer my lifetime 3rd and 4th degree memberships in the Knights of Columbus to the local councils in Brevard, where he’s a 3rd degree member, and the nearest 4th degree crowd, which is way down in Hendersonville. I just got back this response from the 4th degree. I guess this means I’m a practical Catholic as they put it.
He speaks of Patriotism. Yes, that’s a virtue described, in fact, by Saint Thomas Aquinas. Not for the faint of heart. Sometimes for the feint of heart, if they are as clever as they are stalwart in their patriotism! Anyway, thanks go to the neighbor for arranging this.
- Thanks go to T.P.F. & R.L.F. for their regular gift to the hermitage. Very kind of you.
- Thanks go to Mr & Mrs G.E. for their regular gift to the hermitage. Very thoughtful. Included was a card, the transcription of which is this:
Recommendation to One’s Guardian Angel for a Happy Hour of Death, by Saint Charles Borromeo:
My good Angel: I know not when or how I shall die. It is possible I may be carried off suddenly, and that before my last sigh I may be deprived of all intelligence. Yet how many things I would wish to say to God on the threshold of eternity. In the full freedom of my will today, I come to charge you to speak for me at that fearful moment. You will say to Him, then, O my good Angel:
- That I wish to die in the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church in which all the saints since Jesus Christ have died, and out of which there is no salvation.
- That I ask the grace of sharing in the infinite merits of my Redeemer and that I desire to die in pressing to my lips to the cross that was bathed in His Blood!
- That I detest my sins because they displease Him, and that I pardon through love of Him all my enemies as I wish to be pardoned.
- That I die willingly because He orders it and that I throw myself with confidence into His adorable Heart awaiting all His Mercy.
- That in my inexpressible desire to go to Heaven I am disposed to suffer everything in may please His sovereign Justice to inflict on me.
- That I love Him before all things, above all things and for His own sake; that I wish and hope to love Him with the Elect, His Angels and the Blessed Mother during all eternity.
Do not refuse, O my Angel, to be my interpreter with God, and to protest to Him that these are my sentiments and my will. Amen.
Finally, florae for the Immaculate Conception. I always have the idea she appreciates these simple gestures of the florae.
All is dark in the ever mysterious forest of Holy Souls Mountain, except for a few leaves illuminated by a ray of sunshine, which has woven its way through the thick canopy above, right next to the hermitage. Very cool.
May the Lord Jesus, Christ our God, deign to shower upon you continuous blessings and graces according to the perfect intercession of the Immaculate Conception.