18 July 2018 The spider, the fly and chalk drawings

Hello to you.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to post today.  With this heat my motivation to do anything has been next to zero!  A trip to the grocery store and I got my hair returned to dark brown to match what is growing out so I don’t look like I’m wearing a lion’s mane anymore.  I’m almost finished reading Smoke by Dan Vyleta which has been interesting.  There is an interesting premise to sin actually leaving a smoke trail.  That’s all I’ll say in case you are curious to read the book.  Kyle’s mom passed it on to us the last time we visited: (https://smile.amazon.com/Smoke-Novel-Dan-Vyleta-ebook/dp/B015VAA7JW/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1531956138&sr=1-5&keywords=Smoke).  I will be looking forward to a visit to Half Price Books for something new to read when we go get Kyle’s glasses in a few days.

I did get out and do some chalk drawings today; it was very sweaty business!  The spider and the fly part is because this morning we found a large black spider with orange coloring on it’s back running around in the living room.  We try not to kill insects that get trapped in the house.  Well I grabbed the pink transport plastic cup we have for such situations.  The spider gave me a good run but ended up stalling in front of the window where there was a fly perched.  Everything stopped for just a moment lol.  Moments like that are interesting to me.  Kind of like those videos of animals you would least expect cuddling or playing together.

I hope this finds you doing well in your where and when as you stop by.  I really appreciate the visit and hope when you come to my page here that you find something that resonates with you and your heart.

I wanted to say something about President Trump’s visit with Putin and all the mostly justifiable crap he got for it.   It was this statement he made that made me think a little differently about things: (https://www.rt.com/news/432848-trump-putin-friend-meeting/) – Trump calls Putin ‘competitor,’ says he might become friend ‘some day’.  When I heard this I felt almost sorry for him.  It was almost like what a small child might say about a hero or someone they look up to that may let their admiration go unrequited.   Peace in this world has to start somewhere.  I like seeing the leaders of this world at least attempting to work out their differences through diplomacy and non-combatant methods.

There is no force in the world better able to alter anything from its course than love.
Father Greg Boyle


I’m not sure how I feel about this story.  It’s a beautiful statue.   I have a Mary statue in my own home.  When I see things like this I sincerely hope it’s not a trick on someone’s part to make fools of people and the innocence of their beliefs.   When such things end up being a charade, that is betrayal.

People want miracles, want signs, want some tangible evidence of God’s presence in this world.  The Virgin Mary, a Mother figure, provides a very healing and loving presence.  She is a perfect ambassador of the divine to this world. There is hope in such displays and so many are seeking hope now.  Reading about it inspired me and my drawing today.   I will rest in the love of that and leave the church to it’s due diligence of fact checking miracles.

Nicole Darrah By | Fox News

A sculpture of the Virgin Mary that appeared to be crying at a church in New Mexico is being investigated after it was determined her tears were olive oil.

The statue, which is located at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hobbs, underwent a chemical analysis that was determined to be “a scented olive oil.”

“Some of the witnesses claimed it smelled of roses,” Bishop Oscar Cantu, of the diocese, told the Las Cruces Sun News. “So something similar to the oil I bless and consecrate each year that we use for baptism, for confirmations and for ordination of the priests.”

Weeping Virgin Mary statue

“Some of the witnesses claimed it smelled of roses,” Bishop Oscar Cantu, of the diocese, said of the oil.  (Facebook/Luisa Payne)

An investigation is underway to figure out whether there was a natural cause behind the liquid found on the hollow bronze sculpture, Cantu said.

The diocese also examined the interior of the statue and determined nothing there was irregular.

“There’s nothing on the interior that’s not supposed to be there, except for cobwebs,” he told the news outlet. “So we took pictures; we examined it.”


Cantu said he has to look into whether the tears were a hoax, but, he said, “even if it were (a hoax), we are not sure how it would be done, physically. Because it is hardened bronze. We’ve examined the interior, and there’s nothing on the interior.”

If the church does conclude the tears are supernatural, Cantu said it will have to decide if they’re from God or an evil spirit. The diocese said some people who have engaged with the sculpture have reported “beautiful, positive fruits” since their encounter.

Weeping Virgin Mary statue

An investigation is underway to figure out whether there was a natural cause behind the liquid found on the hollow bronze sculpture, the diocese said.  (Facebook/Luisa Payne)

“I’ve read most of those written testimonies, and they are stories of tremendous faith, people who have been dealing with terrible suffering in their lives and have felt a tremendous spiritual consolation that Mary walks with us in our tears,” Cantu told the Sun News. “I can’t help but think of my own shedding of tears for the poor people who come to our border, fleeing life-threatening situations. The tears of those children who are separated from their parents. There are many reasons we would shed tears, and God stands with us in those moments.”

Cantu was reassigned last week to a diocese in California. His last day in the southern New Mexico diocese is Sept. 28. But he said one of the final items on his to-do list before he leaves is to take a trip to Hobbs to see the sculpture himself.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.




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