Inspiring Me This Week: books, websites, apps, Lucy, Guadalupe y mucho más

Enjoy this melange of personal recommendations from yours truly:

1. Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! Learn about the ‘Secrets of the Image‘ thanks to the Knights of Columbus. I cannot more highly recommend  reading Carl Anderson and Msgr. Eduardo Chavez’ book, Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of the Civilization of Love, which details the Guadalupe story and its implications for our lives.

2. Tune into Catholicism Live! tonight (Weds. 12-12-12) at 8pm CT/9pm ET. I’m hosting, with the always-awesome Greg Willits on the phone. We’ll discuss the new evangelization, and how to get over our fears of sharing the faith…just like Juan Diego finally did. What’s Mary got to do with it?

3. If you’ve never seen matachines guadalupanos perform, you should. Matachines are traditional dancers who derive their costuming and movements from native Mexican tradition, but dance for Christian (Catholic) religious purposes, as either veneration of a saint or worship of the Holy Trinity. You’ll usually find them at Mexican celebrations of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Here’s a snippet. The drumbeat! The dancing!

4. Want to read an awesome vocations story? Look no further. After his visit to the Basilica Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, a confused Protestant youth woke up with the conviction that he was supposed to be a priest! You’ll enjoy the ride on Father Philip Neri Powell, O.P.’s blog.

5. Saint Lucy was a fierce woman, and not just for wearing lit candles on her head. I’m presenting a free event at work for ladies, “Afternoon Tea with Saint Lucy” this Thursday. It’s a great model for a woman’s event: cozy dining room + tea + pastries + pretty china + flowers + meeting a saint + discussion + fellowship + prayer. Take some time to learn about this fiery woman; you won’t regret it!

6. Ever host an event? Check out smore.com, a free service that helps you build beautiful ‘flyers’ for your event and hosts them online. You can even embed them on a website or Facebook page!

7. The Holy Father’s tweets today have been brilliant. He takes cues from Our Lady – pointing to Jesus!

8. St. John of Avila – Don’t forget the Church’s newest male doctor, whose feast day is this Friday! San Juan de la Cruz, ruega por nosotros. How did he pass from this life?

“After listening to some verses from the Canticle of Canticles, he prepared himself for death. At midnight as the bells rang for the office of matins, John asked what they were for. When they told him, he exclaimed, “Glory be to God for I shall say them in heaven.” He kissed his crucifix and murmured, In manus tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum (Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit), and he breathed his last. He was 49 years old.” – Michael Dodd, O.C.D.

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