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Friday 13 October 2023

My "Rainbow" Writing Hack - A Simple Trick to Get Past the "Blip-ity Blank"




I am sure this happens to a lot of you writers out there.

You just get a great idea for a blog post, or, you have an idea for a book. You eagerly fire up your computer and open the word processor to begin jotting down the first ideas, or, to get the rough draft started however so rough, when almost imperceptibly at first, as you stare at the blank page, your motivation to begin flexing those fingers and have them dance across the keys ebbs, then digressively drains away with each successive blinking of the that vertical blip called the cursor.

It is aptly called that, certainly seems like a 'curser'. You feel like every good idea and just got sucked right out of you, like some vampiric curse is draining you of your author-powers when a moment ago you were all revved up and ready to reveal your imagination and thoughts into the visible realm via the written word.

Now, trying to nail down that very first sentence let alone the first paragraph becomes an energy- sapping ordeal, your inspiring thoughts seem morphed into the strange sensation felt during those debilitating nightmares when you try to run, but your legs move with a lumbering stumble as though your were wading through a field of wet cement bogged up to your knees.

Then the doubts set in.

'Will this sound good?' 'Is this just good in my head, but will be boring to everyone else'? 'Wow, this story could take a thousand directions. Maybe I need to think about this...'

The dreaded bane of a writer next makes its presence felt – procrastination.


 'Maybe I need to do more research', you ask yourself, (the internet begins to beckon....) 


 Worse yet, impostor syndrome. 'Gasp! Am I really a writer at all?'

Before you realize it, the ideas just don't want to come out, or, you are now unsure if it was such a good idea, and struggle to put things into a visible, legible form. You had a whole outline in your head, and here you are, staring at a blank page – for hours!

And / or, you got lured into 'doing more research', your hours spent Googling diddly-squat having fallen prey to the pretext your were being productive as long as you were researching, but basically, doing anything to escape the white brick wall you were banging your head against, hoping you just might get your elusive writer's mojo back.

The horror!

Why does this happen?

Frankly, I don't know. I wish I did. I've wasted so much time sitting staring at a screen because of this curse.   But, it must be something that 'clicks off' in our brains the minute we sit down to a blank, white page, especially when writing on a computer. That's my guess, anyway.

This may not seem related, I once read an article theorizing why we tend to forget what tasks we go to do the minute we enter another room, or, go up or down the stairs. I wish I could find the article, but the gist of what I remember is, our brains are set to remember actions in specific 'patterns', and the theory was that for some strange reason, 3D shapes could affect these patterns. When we go through the rectangle frame of a door, or rise up to another level of the house, or down, we could be hitting a certain type of visually activated 'reset' switch in the brain, which then resets short-term memory. I guess it is like when our computer gets jammed and simply turning the thing on and off resets it and clears the cache. Maybe our brain gets bogged down with mundane tasks, does a bit of a stall and then resets when it goes through the door frame? Interesting concept.

I've also read articles on how colours can affect mood, productivity and spending habits, you probably have as well trying to build a website people will engage with, design an appealing book cover, or effective advertising, packaging, etc. The interesting thing I read is that certain paper colours can help you retain information you are reading, crème and yellow paper works best for this if I remember correctly. I always wondered why I liked legal pads for doodling, and crème colour book pages over white paper when reading ....

A thought then came to me – perhaps I am getting mentally closed off by just the blank white background? Starting a new blank page, even when already well into a story just seemed to halt progress on getting words out and down, some times seemed worse than others. Psychologically the plain, rectangular white block in front of me could be suggesting the 'emptiness' of 'nothing', or, the strange impression everything I write is starting from 'scratch', even when I have already progressed pages into a draft. So, it was possible the colour was also 'resetting' the brain to feel like this.

Intrigued with the idea of the brain resetting itself, and, wondering if colours could influence this during the writing process, I thought why not try experimenting with changing the page colour

 I was going into a particularly dark area of my second novel Vocation of a Gadfly when I thought of it, so, why not pick something that was matching the 'feel' of the scenes I was trying to describe and see what happens?

At that point I chose a dark grey. Yes, dark grey. 


But, isn't the colour more depressing? Won't it make things worse? Hey, the scene I was working on features an half-abandoned, gruesomely nefarious insane asylum after all. No harm in experimenting ....

I didn't think it would help much if at all, it was just a change of page background, but words were coming out, the colour helped keep me in the 'feel' of things, it made it harder for the dreaded 'procrastinating screen stare' to settle. When the mood changed in the story, I did it again, switched the page background to a different colour. Creme, light yellow, tan, even light pink and sky blue, depending where the plot went. When my document program didn't have a preset colour that was 'just right' I used the 'colour picker' and played around with the rainbow of colours until I got a shade that matched the mood of the scene, or, was depicted the mood I was aiming for.

Could something so simple do the trick? Huh. I guess so. I certainly got my draft finished with less 'screen stare' getting in the way!

Now, I am sharing my little 'rainbow' draft hack with you.

If you haven't already stumbled upon this idea yourself, try it, you may be surprised. I was.


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Tuesday 2 May 2023

Guess what everyone?

 Hi everyone!

Guess what?  I've figured out how to publish on KINDLE - so what's now on Kindle?

My two novels of course!

"BRUSHSTROKES of a GADFLY" - a biting tale of art and love in the Big Apple.

and the sequel,

 "VOCATION of a GADFLY" - creepy things happen here, things go bump in the night: if you want to jump straight into the scary stuff, this can be enjoyed as a stand-alone book.

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Thursday 1 December 2022

"The First and Second Joseph"



Announcing the latest book release!




Another spiritual classic by Fr. Marin de Boylesve written in honour of St. Joseph, translated for the first time into English. 


 If you wish to increase your trust, love and devotion for St. Joseph, this beautiful collection of thirty-one meditations is a must-have for your spiritual reading collection. Noted for his book, 'Little Month of Saint Joseph', Fr. Marin de Boylesve, S.J. (1813-1892) shows in his next set of reflections how the greatness of St. Joseph was foretold through the life of the favourite son of Jacob. God blessed the first Joseph of the Old Testament with so many graces, great power and authority, but this was only a prelude to what He had prepared for the second Joseph of the New Testament, the hidden, humble son of David chosen to be the foster father of His beloved Son and the spouse of His Immaculate Mother.

    In addition to the meditations, there are several accounts of the miraculous interventions of this great saint, also thirty-three sacred illustrations and various pious devotions are included. Are you in need of a great heavenly intercessor to safeguard your spiritual and temporal interests? “Go to Joseph, and do all that he shall say to you.” (Gen. 41:55)

About the Author: Fr. Marin de Boylesve is best remembered in France for spreading devotion to the Sacred Heart with his writings thereby promoting the cause for the construction of the Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris.



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174 Pages


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Table of Contents

About this Edition ………………………… 9

About the Author ………………………… 10

Part I: 31 Days of Meditations:

Joseph of the Old Testament


Joseph of the New Testament … Pages 25 to 85

Part II : The Power of St. Joseph

Demonstrated by

Recent Events ……… 86


1 ~ Abjuration …………………… 86

2 ~ A Family Man ……………… 87

3 ~ A Protestant ……………… 88

4 ~ An Illness …………………… 90

5 ~ A Freemason ……………… 91

6 ~ An Elderly Man …………… 91

7 ~ An Old Impious Man …… 92

8 ~ Go Fetch the Priest ……… 95

9 ~ Three Conversions ……… 98


10 ~ A Calmed Storm …………… 100

11 ~ A Child is Healed ………… 102

12 ~ Health Strengthened …… 103

13 ~ A Parish Preserved ……… 104

14 ~ Affairs Settled …………… 105

15 ~ A Healing …………………… 106

16 ~ Prosperity of

a Boarding School ……… 107

17 ~ The Garibaldians and

the Jesuits ………………… 108

18 ~ A Demon Cast Out ……… 110

19 ~ Moral and Physical Healing 112

20 ~ Hope Against All Hope …… 112


21 ~ The Pious Magistrate …… 116

22 ~ The Dying Religious …… 118


Apparition of St. Joseph

to the Breton Stigmatist,

Marie-Julie Jahenny ……… 121

Devotion to the Seven Joys

and the Seven Sorrows

of St. Joseph ………… 130

Prayer to St. Joseph

for a Soul in Purgatory …… 139

A Novena to St. Joseph ………… 141

Saint Joseph,

Dear Guardian of Mary … 144

Prayer to St. Joseph

in Any Great Necessity … 146

Prayer of Confidence

in St. Joseph ……………… 146

The Chaplet of St. Joseph ……… 148

Indulgenced Prayers to St. Joseph:

~ Indulgences granted during March

for Devotions said

in Honour of St. Joseph ……… 150

~ Novena in Honour of St. Joseph,

Spouse of Mary Most Holy …… 151

~ The Memorare to St. Joseph ……… 151

~ Prayers in Honour of St. Joseph

for Those in Their Last Agony … 152

~ Act of Consecration to St. Joseph … 153

~ Prayer of St. Pius X

to St. Joseph the Worker ……… 155

~ Short Invocations to St. Joseph …… 156

~ Prayer for Purity ……………………… 157

~ Prayer to St. Joseph,

Patron of the Universal Church 157

~ Prayers for

St. Joseph's Intercession ……… 158

~ Short Prayers to the Holy Family … 160




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Wednesday 14 September 2022

Now Available! "The Month of Saint Teresa"





Yes, a new classic spiritual book by Fr. Marin de Boylesve has been released!

"The Month of Saint Teresa"


First published in 1882 to celebrate the tercentenary of St. Teresa of Avila's entrance to heaven, this text continues to be a spiritual treasure today.  Selecting quotations from the famous spiritual writings of St. Teresa Fr. Marin de Boylesve provides for each day of October spiritual nuggets of advice and wisdom that may be prayed as a month long novena honouring this blessed saint, as well as proving to be a simple and efficacious text to help progress in the spiritual life any time of the year. 

This first ever English translation also features a biography of the author, prayers and quotations by St. Teresa not included in the original printing, in addition to prayers to St. Teresa by St. Alphonsus de Liguori and fifteen illustrations. 
About the Author: Fr. Marin de Boylesve is best remembered in France for spreading devotion to the Sacred Heart with his writings thereby promoting the cause for the construction of the Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris. 
About the 'The Month Of Saint Teresa':
Paperback  5" x 8" 
Publication date: September 10, 2022

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Pages: 124
ISBN:  978-989-53726-1-4

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Tuesday 2 August 2022

Now Available! "The Blessed Virgin According to the Gospels"




 Hi everyone! Yes, the next Traditional Catholic classic by Fr. Marin de Boylesve 

translated into English for the first time is now available!


"The Blessed Virgin According to the Gospels - 
Readings and Stories for Each Day for the Month of Mary"


    “I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue. … My memory is unto everlasting generations. … He that hearkeneth to me, shall not be confounded: and they that work by me, shall not sin. They that explain me shall have life everlasting.”

                                                 ~ (Eccles. 24: 24-25, 28-31)

Answering this holy call in the Bible to explain the greatness of the Mother of God, Fr. Marin de Boylesve, S.J. (1813-1892) provided a beautiful set of thirty-one meditations on the life of the Blessed Virgin as presented in the Gospels for May, the Month of Mary, which also aptly serves for the other months dedicated to her or contain her feasts, such as March for the Annunciation, August in honour of the Assumption, October, month of the Holy Rosary, and December, month of the Immaculate Conception and the Birth of Christ. This set of meditations is also perfect spiritual reading for any time of the year.

The first English translation from the original French, this new edition also features a biography of the author, information on the Holy Rosary and the Brown Scapular, the original secrets of La Salette sent to Pius IX, additional devotions to the Blessed Virgin, and also 37 illustrations. A classic for your spiritual reading library.

About the Author: Fr. Marin de Boylesve is best remembered in France for spreading devotion to the Sacred Heart with his writings thereby promoting the cause for the construction of the Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris.




8.5"  x  5.5"

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254 pages.

ISBN: 978-989-53726-0-7


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Tuesday 29 March 2022

Now Available! "The Month of the Precious Blood"

 Hi everyone! Yes, the next Traditional Catholic classic by Fr. Marin de Boylesve translated into English for the first time is now available!



"Now, more than ever, it is opportune to tell people at what price our souls were redeemed. We must let it be known how the Blood of Christ cleanses souls and sanctifies them, particularly by means of the sacraments.” 

                                                                                ~ St. Gasper del Bufalo (1786-1837).

Answering this call, Fr. Marin de Boylesve, S.J. (1813-1892) composed an inspirational devotion booklet consisting of a trinity of novenas for each day in July, the month dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. 

Through the short daily meditations of the novenas he shows how the shedding of Christ's Blood was necessary for the redemption of the human race, beginning with the Blood of Jesus prefigured in the Old Testament, continuing with Its manifestation in the New Testament, and concluding with the Precious Blood present in the sacraments of the Catholic Church.

Included from the original edition are pious devotions to the Precious Blood, also in this new English edition a biography of the author is included, additional prayers, indulgenced prayers, and twenty-seven illustrations.  This book will prove to be a treasure not just for July but also excellent spiritual reading material for Lent and for all times of the year.

About the Author: Fr. Marin de Boylesve is best remembered in France for spreading devotion to the Sacred Heart with his writings thereby promoting the cause for the construction of the Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris.


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Batalha Publishers

Publication date: March 25, 2022

156 pages

5 x 8 inches



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Saturday 5 March 2022

Now Available! The "Month of Saint Michael" and "The Sacred Heart of Jesus"

At last these two beautiful Traditional Catholic classics 

by Fr. Marin de Boylesve S.J. (1813-1892) 

 are now available for the first time in English!


"The Month of Saint Michael:

Saint Michael According to the Bible  and According to Tradition"


“Who is like unto God?” 


 To this day St. Michael the Archangel burns with the same fiery zeal for the glory of God as when he thrust Satan from the heights of Heaven. The defender of God's people, this mighty prince is always ready to come to the assistance of those who call upon him. If you are devoted to this great saint, wish to increase your devotion, or in need of spiritual encouragement in these dark times “The Month of Saint Michael” is for you.

Written by Fr. Marin de Boylesve, S.J. (1813-1892), 'The Month of Saint Michael' features short inspiring and encouraging meditations drawn from the Bible for every day for the month of September in honour of the great commander of the Heavenly hosts, as well as passages recounting the graces, apparitions and interventions of the Archangel according to holy Tradition and history. 

This new, first ever English edition of Fr. de Boylesve's text contains additional traditional prayers of protection and devotions, forty-two sacred illustrations, a biography of the author and informative annotations. A spiritual gem for any time of the year, not just September!


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Size: 5" x 8"

 Pages: 232

 ISBN: 978-989-96844-92


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"The Sacred Heart of Jesus"

Behold the Heart that has so loved men and desires to be loved in return,

yet, we cannot come to love what we do not know or understand.

    To encourage devotion to the Heart of Jesus, Fr. Marin de Boylesve provides short reflections based on the Scriptures showing how everything God planned came from His Love: that this most Loving Heart is present throughout the Gospels, how the actions of the Blessed Trinity are completely connected with the Heart of Christ, and that the most perfect prayer, the Our Father, springs from the font of the Sacred Heart. Fr. de Boylesve also explains how the Sacraments of the Church come forth from this Furnace of Love, and how the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are united with the Sacred Heart. 

 If you desire to understand and increase your love for the Heart of Jesus, this book is a must-have for your spiritual library.  Included are a biography of the author, additional prayers and sixteen illustrations.


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Paperback. 132 pages.

Batalha Publishers 

Size: 5" x 8"

ISBN: 978-989-33-2807-1


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Thursday 27 January 2022

Art and Design – Does Heaven Care?


Most of us have heard the expression 'art is in the eye of the beholder', I've even expanded this in my novel Brushstrokes of a Gadfly:

Art is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone will have their own interpretation.”

    It is human nature, we can't help but interpret what we see depending on our personal experiences and tastes. Often the artist means to depict one thing, and the viewing public sees something completely different!

(Is it just me, or does a  bowl of spaghetti has more 'art' to it than this?)

I for one cannot help but shake my head at the modern monstrosities creators in the art world are producing, (and I bet most of you out there do too!) 


What happened to honest-to-goodness skill and artistry?

Like this? Beautiful! Dashing! Dramatic!


(Image: Napoleon Crossing the Alps by Jacques-Louis David, 1803)



Or this? Impressionism is beautiful too!


(Monet's famous 'Poppies')

But now we've come to this?  Seriously?




Do modern artists of today truly think what gobbledygook they are producing is really 'beautiful'?

(Picaso's first and last self portraits. 

 I can't help but say he did not think much of himself later in life.)

    Again, it just feels like a scam market at times, galleries and art dealers wowing would-be investors with stories of how 'this is the latest collectible trend', pumping up a market that sells nothing more than splotches on a canvases , a 'hot-air balloon' system which one of my characters in the same novel also notices:


They lived off each other's hypocrisy, fueling a worthless market of trash.”


    Then, more importantly, they seem to forget to ask the question:  does Heaven care about what we draw, paint or design?

    As Our Lord said Himself noted: “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” (Luke 6:45)


     If spoken words display what is in the heart of a person, what does a picture show if indeed one picture is worth a thousand words?


I've come across several examples that show yes, Heaven does care.


    The first is an account of an artist who came back from the dead to warn the owner of a beautiful but scandalous painting he produced for him:

    “A painter of great skill and otherwise exemplary life had once made a painting not at all conformable to the strict rules Christian modesty. It was one of those paintings which under the pretext of being 'works of art' are found in the best families, and the sight of which causes the loss of so many souls. (…) The artist of whom we speak had allowed himself to be misled to this point by bad example.

    Soon however, renouncing this pernicious style, he confined himself to the production of religious pictures, or at least of those which were perfectly irreproachable. Finally, he was painting a large picture in the convent of the discalced Carmelites, when he was attacked by a mortal malady. Feeling he was about to die, he asked the Prior to allow him to be interred in the church of the monastery, and he bequeathed to the community his earnings, which amounted to a considerable sum of money, charging them to have Masses said for the repose of his soul. He died in pious sentiments, and a few days passed, when a Religious who had stayed in the choir after Matins saw him appear in the midst of flames and sighing piteously.

    “What!” said the religious, “have you to endure such pain, after leading so good a life and dying so holy a death?” “Alas!” replied he, “it is on account of the immodest picture that I painted some years ago. When I appeared before the tribunal of the Sovereign Judge, a crowd of accusers came to give evidence against me. They declared that they had been excited to improper thoughts and evil desires by a picture, the work of my hand. In consequence of those bad thoughts some were in Purgatory, others in Hell. The latter cried for vengeance, saying that, having been the cause of their eternal perdition, I deserved at least the same punishment. Then the Blessed Virgin and the saints whom I had glorified by my pictures took up my defense. They represented to the Judge that that unfortunate painting had been the work of youth, and of which I had repented that I had repaired it afterwards by religious objects which had been a source of edification to souls.”

    “In consideration of these and other reasons, the Sovereign Judge declared that, on account of my repentance and my good works, I should be exempt from damnation but at the same time, He condemned me to these flames (Purgatory) until that picture should be burned, so that it could no longer scandalize anyone.”

    Then the poor sufferer implored the Religious to take measures to have the painting destroyed. “I beg of you,” he added, “go in my name to such a person, proprietor of the picture; tell him in what a condition I am for having yielded to his entreaties to paint it, and conjure him to make a sacrifice of it. If he refuses, woe to him! To prove that this is not an illusion, and to punish him for his own fault, tell him that before long he will lose his two children. Should he refuse to obey Him Who has created us both, he will pay for it by a premature death.”

    The religious delayed not to do what the poor soul asked of him, and went to the owner of the picture. The latter, on hearing these things seized the painting and cast it into the fire. Nevertheless, according to the words of the deceased, he lost his two children in less than a month. The remainder of his days he passed in penance, for having ordered and kept that immodest picture in his house.” (Source “Purgatory: Explained by the Lives and Legends of theSaints” by Fr. F.X. Schouppe, original edition 1893, reprint TAN,1986.)

    Here is one example Heaven will judge on artist on the damage their work will do – for their art could be a means causing the edification and salvation of many, or, bring about grave scandal and the eternal loss of souls.

Immodesty is a big no-no.

    I found another example of the danger of immodesty in a picture, this time with regards to sacred art, with Satan making an attempt to trip up and trap a holy priest, the humble Pére Lamy (1853-1931), who received many visits from Our Lord, Our Lady and the Angels.   (Yes, he is an approved mystic.)

    As usual with mystics whose spiritual gifts are extraordinary like his were, which included the discernment of souls, his fame as a visionary quickly spread.  Naturally people asked him what Our Lady and Our Lord looked like. Not many people get to see Christ and His Mother! In some instances, Pére Lamy tried to give examples of what Our Lady was like, no statue or painting made by human hands was good enough, but he indicated a couple of statues he thought looked the closest to her manner of bearing and expression.

    One day in 1915, however, he was brought to see a newly built church, Saint Michel de Batignolles in Paris, where they were pleased to show off a sculpture of the Madonna and Child that apparently had won the prestigious 'Prix de Rome'.  

     While everyone was proud of the prize-winning sculpture and the purity of the marble used, Pére Lamy had a different reaction, especially with the depiction of the Christ Child Who was depicted "completely naked", according to the words of Père Lamy, Our Lady holding the Child with a mere piece of cloth, but only as an artistic effect, not a proper covering.  Père Lamy said he found this 'disconcerting' and even made a furious glare at it.

    To confirm his feelings, The Madonna appeared to him right then holding the Christ Child in front of the statue, and, he noted with satisfaction the Child was fully and properly dressed in his little brown wool tunic. Then Our Lady warned Père Lamy:

 “Take care, Lucifer is after you like a dog tracking down a hare.”

    He noted this was her way of showing her displeasure with the statue. She then warned him to be very careful of his words regarding it, no doubt this was due to the fact that any indication of an approval coming from him would imply the statue was accurate when it in fact displeased Our Lady, and of course, and would end up giving bad example. So, he carefully replied that the statue “did not answer the great dignity of the Mother of God and that the statue did not please me.”


  There you have it.  

 Nakedness in art for "art's sake" is not approved of by Heaven.

    Fr. F.X. Schouppe explains what true art is when giving his example of the artist who came back from Purgatory to demand his immodest picture be burned:

    “True art is an inspiration from Heaven, which elevates the soul to God; profane art, which appeals to the senses only, which presents to the eye nothing but the beauties of the flesh and blood, is but an inspiration of the evil spirit; his works, brilliant though they may be, are not works of art, and the name is falsely attributed to them. They are the infamous productions of a corrupt imagination.” (Purgatory: Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints)

  As we have seen with Satan attempting to trip up Pére Lamy, this point is indeed the case.

    But, what is even more unnerving, I've hunted down a picture of the statue that caused Our Lady's displeasure. According to the person telling this story they heard from Père Lamy, the statue was carved c. 1920 by Arthur-Joseph Gueniot (1866 – 1951).


The statue does not look immodest to our standards at all!

("Mater Dei" in Saint Michel des Batignolles by Arthur-Joseph Gueniot.)

    Our Lady looks perfectly clothed, her neckline does not seem open or that low at all to our eyes, and while the Christ Child is wrapped in a cloth, He is not 'completely' nude from the waist down like many other pieces as the text seem to have suggested!


If this piece displeased Our Lady, what does Heaven consider to be improper 'nudity'?

The answer can be found in the book of Genesis.

    When Adam and Eve fell, already they had become blinded by their sin and did not even know how to fully clothe themselves. They took fig leaves and made simple aprons, but God let them know this was not enough – He had to make them tunics of skins after they confessed their misdeed.

    A tunic or robe-like garment covers the whole upper half of the body, over the shoulders, and slightly below the knees. Having an uncovered chest and torso was still considered nakedness by God. But also observe: to make the skin-tunics, something had to be sacrificed and shed its blood to make them proper garments, a symbol of the Great Sacrifice the Lamb of God would offer to cover the whole human race with His Precious Redemptive Blood.   Those re-clothed in grace with the Blood of the Lamb at the end of time are given full white robes as we see in the Apocalypse.  Pére Lamy noted the Christ Child in the vision with Our Lady was fully dressed in a tunic when He appeared

Wow, it makes you take stock of how bad most of our Renaissance and Classical art must look like to Heaven!

Père Lamy also noted the Mother of God's “tastes are very artistic”.


    In one instance he tells the story of a little plaster statue of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal he once had as a child and that he had daubed up with his paints.   He said the thought he was doing something wonderful in painting it, but agreed with the wisdom of hindsight gained from his adult years that his childish attempt at statue-painting was a real mess!

    He had painted her white, apparently he had painted her hands and face white, her cloak blue, and her veil white, but then gave her a yellow girdle, which clashed with the whole white and blue ensemble. However, the statue was lost when the family home burned down. One day in a vision Our Lady commented on the statue he had painted when a child, declaring, “He thought to give me a yellow girdle: it was very very ugly!” She then laughed heartily, and said “but I liked the intention.”

Yes, Père Lamy noted Our Lady does laugh at times!


    And, we see the Queen of Heaven and Earth, the Mother of Wisdom and Truth, has no qualms in saying when something is ugly. We can hazard a guess she still liked the messy statue because she could see he had painted it with love even if it had not been aesthetically perfect, just like any charitable mother would who goes ahead and tapes up their child's finger painting on the front of the refrigerator as though it belonged in a gallery.  Those childish gifts are well meant, splotchy though they may be!

    Pére Lamy confirmed this again when he noted Our Lady does not find many of her statues good to look at, but still, she loves them for they “are signs of the affection people have for her”, and therefore the ugliness of the statues does not hinder her from using them as channels of grace. (Source for the information and quotes on Père Lamy: “Père Lamy: 1855-1931”, by Comte Paul Biver, TAN,1973.)

    In all, Heaven will make concessions for some 'ugly' pieces of art, but we have to ask: if Heaven will punish those artists who create scandalous pictures, and Satan could attempt to trap a very holy priest with an immodest statue, not to mention Our Lady has very high artistic tastes, then what does Heaven think of modern art?

The Holy Souls from Purgatory give the answer to this.

    Maria Simma (1915 -2004) from Sonntag, Austria, had been chosen as a victim soul to receive visits from the Holy Souls in Purgatory and aid their release. (Note: her case is still under investigation by the Church, but there has been no negative rulings on her as yet, and, she was permitted to speak of her experiences by her local bishop. I personally have not seen anything contrary to Church teachings in her visions.)

    According to the book My Personal Experiences with the Poor Souls” (Franciscan Herald Press, Chicago,1979, p. 61), she one day received a message from the Blessed Mother via the visit of a Holy Soul requesting that a chapel be built in Sonntag. Maria's spiritual director agreed with the request, because he realized the exact spot where the chapel to be built according to the Holy Soul's directions once had a wayside shrine there long ago dedicated to the Blessed Mother, but it was removed during roadworks. The villagers had promised to put it back up, but the promise was forgotten, and as the years passed, only the older generations barely remembered it. So, Our Lady obviously wanted the promise kept, but now wanted a chapel big enough to where Mass could be said.

    When the chapel was finished, a new request came from the Blessed Mother via the visit of a Holy Soul: Our Lady desired a picture be painted and hung in the chapel depicting her as “Mother of Mercy for the Poor Souls”, but, the request also demanded “it should be a picture of natural beauty, not a contorted work of modern art.”


 Heaven considers modern art a 'contortion', with no 'natural beauty'.

Basically, that it is twisted and therefore grotesque!

    Maria Simma would later give another example, I believe it is in the book 'Get Us Out of Here!”, by Niki Eltz. Unfortunately I only borrowed that copy and gave it back to its owner, so I don't have it on hand and will have to paraphrase what I recall. When asked about art and what the Holy Souls had to say about modern art, I believe it was about sacred art, she said the Holy Souls have told her Heaven does not approve of it as it is a mockery of what it represents.

Uh oh. Modern 'sacred art' of today therefore is more than just a mere fashion.

Heaven calls out modern “sacred art” for what it is -- a contorted, twisted, mocking sacrilege.

Heaven has also extended its disapproval to modern church designs.

    In the prophecies of the mystic Ven. Sister Domenica of Paradise (1473-1553) Our Lord warned that nearer the end of time a dark period was coming when the faith would drastically wane, one of the signs would be when church buildings would resemble caverns:

    My bride, pray and weep for My faithful, there will come a time when My faith, declining, will be missed in many and few (faithful) will remain, when souls fall into the hands of My enemy for the scarcity and lack of the Word God, (i.e. when the Word of God will not be taught or preached, the word 'lack' also means it may not be preached properly as it should) and when the temples of the Christians will resemble caverns than churches, then the night of blindness will reign, and the day and the sun of cognisance will be extinguished, and amid so much darkness few will know those who can exercise virtue, and employ themselves in the worship of My faith (...)” (For more info, click here.)

    Therefore, modern art and architecture are displaying the corrupt nature of the times and the loss of faith.

Interesting how everything seemed to take a nose-dive after Vatican II. By their fruits, you will know them.

All one has to look at is the infamous “church” that has been dubbed “Our Lady of Minas Morgul” built in the 1960s. 


 (Real name: "St. Francis de Sales", Muskegon, Michigan, USA)


     The dark joke is not far off: I can't help but imagine a hoard of Sauron's orcs from Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' conducting a black mass here.   Yikes.

The times are growing dark indeed.

    Fr. Schouppe observed: “If such is the consequence of an immodest picture, what then, will be the punishment of the still more disastrous scandals resulting from bad books, bad papers, bad schools, and bad conversations?”

The loss of Faith.

    Being a writer today is a daunting occupation knowing what you do may affect the eternal condition of a reader's soul … but that is for another post!


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