St John Damascene
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St John Damascene
St John Damascene

Today is the Feast of St John Damascene who lived in the seventh century.  I was interested to find out that St John was a great defender of the use of religious icons and images against the iconoclasts.  Given that I reproduce Sacred Art I might consider adopting him as one of my patrons.

 

 

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The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady
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Two of my sons were confirmed in Gricigliano in Florence, Italy, at the seminary of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign priest in March of 2012.  There were eight of us there, my wife and I and six of our eight children.  One day, in order to give my wife a break, I went out for a drive with the six children in the countryside around Florence.  We came across what looked like a little forest park trail and I pulled in and we decided to go for a walk.

At the top of the trail we came to a church and there was a plaque which identified the church as being the convent which was built by the Seven Founder Saints in 1234. … Read the rest

Marriage – Article 1
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Marriage – A Gift from God

Marriage is one of the greatest gifts that God has given to mankind. It is a sublime vocation ordered to love and crowned with the beauty and glory of children. It is the foundation stone, designated by God, on which society must be built.

Yet today, in the western world in particular, marriage is in grave difficulty. The number of couples divorcing or separating is on the increase. The number of young people who choose to co-habit rather than to marry is on the increase. The number of couples contracepting in their marriages is at an all time high.… Read the rest

The beginning
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Greetings from the Shrine of Our Lady in Knock, Co Mayo, Ireland

I began this first attempt at a blog and website on March 19th the Feast of St Joseph and today I am publishing my first blog post.

True Devotions is a Catholic Apostolate which aims to promote the traditional Catholic devotions beginning with the Sacred Heart, Our Lady Help of Christians and St Thérèse of Lisieux.  I hope to develop a page which will concentrate on particular devotions in the near future.

We also have a Shop on the Main Street in Knock, just across the road from the parish Church of St John the Baptist. … Read the rest