I had to drop in again, because, lo and behold, my latest order of holy cards from Portraits of Saints arrived this afternoon and I set about taping them everywhere 🙂
One of my spiritual “weaknesses-oft-become-faults” is a tendency towards frequent distraction in prayer. I think this is just being human to some degree; but this struggle definitely seems to be intensified for people who have a dominate sanguine temperament (meditation can be very difficult) like me. I also seem to have an equal tendency to be a “visual person” who prefers/needs visual reminders (pictures, lists, etc.) to keep my mind oriented.
Anywho! That being said, while I was blessed to finish the 54-Day Rosary Novena to Our Lady of Pompeii early this week, I’m still trying to keep up the habit of praying the full sets of mysteries every day, at least whenever I can. I mean, when (through the spiritual assistance of probably every compassionate angel and saint to be named) I can somehow manage to do it (imperfectly) for 54 days, it seems kind of silly to just . . . well, stop! 😉
Over my bed has hung “Song of the Angels” from The Dash, as well as the little Italian icon of Our Lady from friends, and holy cards of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Faustina (patrons) for some time. But I realized I was interiorly missing images and visual references of Our Lord’s face . . . it’s really easier for me to pray the Rosary when I have them. Thus, I decided I needed to procure a few holy cards with His Holy Face on them 🙂 Tracy Christenson has some of the most beautiful and masculine depictions of Our Lord that I’ve come across. I ordered the Sacred Heart, Agony of Jesus (my favorite), and the Good Shepherd.
And then I broke down and ordered two of St. John the Baptist (adult and child), the Savior of the World, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, because . . . Well, 10% of all profit goes to the FSSP, so . . .
They came in this afternoon. Lena and I lovingly pored over them and then I eventually took them upstairs and assembled!
The picture above is a close-up of my little shrine, including most of those holy cards (I dispersed a few around the room), along with the ones I already owned . . . plus, the Two Trinities holy card is top center, while St. George is bottom center . . . thanks to Lena, I love St. George!
Here is a more distant view, just to see how it all fits together:
Simple and sweet, and ten times more beautiful in person! I love it, and am grateful for the opportunity to expand the small “shrine” above my bed, and hopefully keep my mind better focused during prayer.
(Oh, in case you’re curious, that piece of paper taped to the left side of the wall is a note of encouragement The Dash left me on my windshield the first day of co-op while I was inside, teaching class. It made my month!!! <3)