Today's the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, so here it is. Francisco de Zurbaran, 1598-1664. The painting is late for me, but in my period there was still a lot of debate on the Immaculate Conception (Both St Bernard of Clairvaux and St Thomas Aquinas objected on theological grounds, Duns Scotus promoted it).
On the infamous Vatican document. A Jesuit friend of mine mentioned that it only affects diocesan priests, not religious orders such as the Jesuits or the Franciscans. Also, for a good explanation of the types of Vatican documents there are and the authority they carry, see Nathan Nelson's blog.
Another short list:
1. Ave Maria, gratia plena.
2. It is too cold in NYC today.
3. The sheen of desire, the embrace of calm.
4. I don't know what GI Joes are like today, but I'm sure they were better in the seventies. Life-like hair and kung-fu grip, what more could you ask for? Even if the hair rubbed off and the rubbery fingers disappeared.
5. Every pearl you buy means untold suffering for an oyster. Join the Oyster Liberation Front (OLF) today.
6. My dearest, imperatrix pulcherrima Africae occidentalis, has a bad cold today. Please pray for her recovery.
7. The Jazz actually won last night... Against Atlanta... oh...
8. Dominus tecum.