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MY PAINTINGS WAS A COMMISSION ART.

THE HOLY TRINITY

The Holy Trinity is the term employed to signify the central doctrine of the Christian religion — the truth that in the unity of the Godhead there are Three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, these Three Persons being truly distinct one from another. Thus, in the words of the Athanasian Creed: “the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God.” In this Trinity of Persons the Son is begotten of the Father by an eternal generation, and the Holy Spirit proceeds by an eternal procession from the Father and the Son. Yet, notwithstanding this difference as to origin, the Persons are co-eternal and co-equal: all alike are uncreated and omnipotent. This, the Church teaches, is the revelation regarding God’s nature which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came upon earth to deliver to the world: and which she proposes to man as the foundation of her whole dogmatic system.

 

 

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SAINT ELIZABETH ANN SETON

Hello everyone! look what Bishop Lopes just put on the wall in the chancery in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston TX. I was commissioned by the Ordinariate Community of East Tennessee, this beautiful painting of St Elizabeth Ann Seton.

 

SAINT ELIZABETH ANN SETON.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was the foundress and first superior of the Sisters of Charity in the United States.  She was born to Episcopalian parents into New York City high society on August 28, 1774.

Her father, Dr. Richard Bayley was the first professor of anatomy at Columbia College and praised for his work as the health officer of the Port of New York.  Her mother, Catherine Charlton, daughter of an Anglican minister of Staten Island, N.Y. died when Elizabeth was three years old, leaving her and two other young daughters.

Elizabeth was married on January 25, 1794 in St. Paul’s Episcopalian Church to William Magee Seton. When his father died, they took over custody of William’s seven half brothers and sisters, as well as the family’s importing business. William fell into financial troubles, and later died of tuberculosis in Pisa, Italy in December 1803 while attempting to get help from his business friends. After getting to know the Catholic Church in Italy, Elizabeth fasted and prayed for light. Finally, on Ash Wednesday, March 14, 1805, she was received into the Church.

Her conversion unleashed a storm among her Protestant relatives and friends and made her financial strains even greater.  In January 1806, Cecilia Seton, Elizabeth’s young sister-in-law, became very ill and begged to see the ostracized convert and told her of her desire to become a Catholic. When Cecilia’s decision was known threats were made to have Mrs. Seton expelled from the state by the Legislature.  On her recovery Cecilia fled to Elizabeth for refuge and was received into the Church.

Elizabeth moved to Baltimore in 1808 and with the help of a Catholic convert, a farm was purchased two miles from Mt. St. Mary’s College and Mrs. Seton took vows privately before Archbishop Carroll and her daughter Anna.

In 1810, Bishop Flaget was commissioned to obtain in France the rules of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. The rule, with some modifications, was approved by Archbishop Carroll in January 1812, and adopted.  Mrs. Seton was elected superior against her will and in spite of the fact that she had also to care for her children.  Many joined the community; including Mother Seton’s daughter, Anna, who died during her novitiate (March 12, 1812), but had been permitted to pronounce her vows on her deathbed. Mother Seton and eighteen sisters made their vows on July 19, 1813.

The third time she was elected superior in 1819, she protested that it was the “election of the dead,” but she lived for two years more, finally succuming to a pulmonary infection.  She died in Emmitsburg, Maryland on January 4, 1821.

In 1880 Cardinal Gibbons (then Archbishop) urged the steps be taken toward her canonization. Elizabeth Ann Seton was beatified in 1963 and she was canonized on September 14, 1975.

 

 

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THANK YOU, TO THE SOUTHERN CROSS MAGAZINE OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF SAVANNAH, GA

The five Martyrs of Georgia.

Spanish missions among the Indigenous 

In the late 16th century, Spanish missions with Franciscans were established along the coast as part of the colonial system in the northern frontier of Florida. The Spanish worked and lived among the native Gaule people.  

According to research compiled by the Diocese of Savannah, Gaule leader Juanillo opposed Friar Pedro de Corpa’s defense of and teaching about the sacrament of marriage. During an Indigenous uprising, Friar de Corpa was killed on Sept. 14, 1597. Four of the friar’s companions—Blas, Miguel, Antonio and Francisco—were also murdered in the following days.