Bing’s Halloween 2019 homepage

While I’m not really into Halloween, I found it interesting and share-worthy to see that Bing celebrates this holiday today by having a video of the Romanian Corvin castle (also known as the Hunedoara Castle), one of the 7 wonders of Romania. Count Dracula can be seen on the castle roof after the lights turn off, and, after he transforms into a bat, a bunch of bats fly out towards the camera.

Also, if you click on the “Protect your neck” text in the lower-right corner of the page and then on the “Play today’s quiz” in box that pops up, you can play the daily Bing quiz, which, especially for Halloween, is vampire-related.

bing Halloween 2019 Corvin Castle Romania
bing Halloween 2019 Corvin Castle Romania

International Artists’ Day, 2019

Observed every year on October 25th, International Artists’ Day was founded by Chris MacClure (more than a decade ago) with the aim of bringing recognition to the world of art and celebrating all the ways that artists bring their own special view to life.

You can read more about it and learn about various ways in which you can celebrate International Artists’ Day and support local artists by clicking here.

Happy International Artists’ Day, 2019!

OCD awareness week, 2019

OCD (obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) awareness week is observed every year during the second full week of October. This year, between the 13th and 19th of October, community groups, service organizations, and clinics across the US and around the world celebrate throughout the week with events such as educational lecture series, OCD-inspired art exhibits, grassroots fundraisers, and more.

As a person who’s been struggling with OCD for most of their life, I invite you to read and get informed about this disorder, so that you may be better prepared to interact with people who have this illness.

You can read more about Obsessive-Compulsive week here: https://www.ocduk.org/ocd-awareness-week/ .

The Litany Of Trust by Sister Faustina Maria Pia

I would like to share with you a lovely Catholic deliverance prayer that I have come across recently – The Litany Of Trust. It was written by Sister Faustina Maria Pia from The Sisters Of Life. Also, check out the video where you can see Sister Faustina Maria Pia herself read the prayer and talk about it.

From the belief that I have to earn Your love … Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear that I am unlovable … Deliver me, Jesus.
From the false security that I have what it takes … Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear that trusting You will leave me more destitute … Deliver me, Jesus.
From all suspicion of Your words and promises … Deliver me, Jesus.
From the rebellion against childlike dependency on You … Deliver me, Jesus.
From refusals and reluctances in accepting Your will … Deliver me, Jesus.
From anxiety about the future … Deliver me, Jesus.
From resentment or excessive preoccupation with the past … Deliver me, Jesus.
From restless self-seeking in the present moment … Deliver me, Jesus.
From disbelief in Your love and presence … Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being asked to give more than I have … Deliver me, Jesus.
From the belief that my life has no meaning or worth … Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of what love demands … Deliver me, Jesus.
From discouragement … Deliver me, Jesus.

That You are continually holding me sustaining me, loving me … Jesus, I trust in You.
That Your love goes deeper than my sins and failings, and transforms me …Jesus, I trust in You.
That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on You … Jesus, I trust in You.
That you are with me in my suffering … Jesus, I trust in You.
That my suffering, united to Your own, will bear fruit in this life and the next …Jesus, I trust in You.
That You will not leave me orphan, that You are present in Your Church
…Jesus, I trust in You.
That Your plan is better than anything else … Jesus, I trust in You.
That You always hear me, and in Your goodness always respond to me …Jesus, I trust in You.
That You give me the grace to accept forgiveness and to forgive others …Jesus, I trust in You.
That You give me all the strength I need for what is asked …Jesus, I trust in You.
That my life is a gift … Jesus, I trust in You.
That You will teach me to trust You … Jesus, I trust in You.
That You are my Lord and my God … Jesus, I trust in You.
That I am Your beloved one … Jesus, I trust in You.

Litany Of Trust by Sister Faustina Maria Pia from The Sisters Of Life

The Protection of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, 2019

The Protection of the Mother of God is one of the most beloved feast days on the Orthodox calendar among the Slavic peoples, commemorated on October 1. The feast is celebrated additionally on October 28 in the Greek tradition. It is also known as the feast of the Virgin Mary’s Cerement.

In most Slavic languages the word “cerement” has a dual meaning of “veil” and “protection.” The Russian word Pokrov (Покров), like the Greek Skepi (Σκέπη), has a complex meaning. First of all, it refers to a cloak or shroud, but it also means protection or intercession. For this reason, the name of the feast is variously translated as the Veil of Our Lady, the Protecting Veil of the Theotokos, the Protection of the Theotokos, or the Intercession of the Theotokos.

The story has it that on October 1st, 911, during the reign of Emperor Leo the Wise, an all-night vigil was being held at the Blachernae Church of the Mother of God in Constantinople, with many of the faithful crowding the church. St Andrew the Fool for Christ (commemorated tomorrow, October 2nd) was standing at the back of the church with his disciple Epiphanius. At around four in the morning, the most holy Theotokos appeared above the people, clothed in resplendent garments, surrounded by indescribable radiance, and holding a veil in her outstretched hands, as though to protect all the people. St Andrew said to Epiphanius ‘Do you see how the Queen and Lady of all is praying for the whole world?’ Epiphanius replied ‘Yes, Father, I see it and stand in dread.’ This wonderful event is recorded in Epiphanius’ life of St Andrew. Because of it, the Church keeps an annual feast on this date.