Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pope John Paul II to be Beatified on May 1st!

I have always been fond of the late Pope John Paul II and when I found this I just had to share the good news! I can't wait until May 1st!
     "Pope Benedict XVI has today promulgated a decree recognising a miracle took place at the intercession of the Ven. John Paul II. The beatification ceremony will take place May 1st in Rome, presided by Benedict XVI.
The date, the Second Sunday of Easter, coincides with Divine Mercy Sunday - a Feast Day instituted by John Paul II. The late Pope died on the solemnity, on April 2, 2005.
The announcement of the beatification comes after five years of investigations into the life and works of the Polish Pontiff. " ~ National Catholic Register

This coming week I will be taking a trip to Washington D.C. for the March for Life with a group of other kids. (in case you are wondering why won't being blogging). I'll try to remeber to blog about it when I get home.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Victorian Chatelaine

       What is a Chatelaine? Well its a type of jewelry that was worn by women in the Victorian era. They were  useful little trinkets that also doubled as jewelry. They could be almost anything, a nail file, small notebook, pencil, match case, scissors, needle case, anything that would be useful to a lady of that time. They would look something like this

They would be worn at the waste or at the neck. While I was looking for a picture I came across this cartoon from Punch magazine 1849,
Which makes me think where they really all that helpful? Well, probably not as much as they could have been, but they also had to be pretty and lite so that they could double as jewelry. So far as fulfilling their purpose as being useful and pretty (which is a very hard thing to put in to one object, completely)  they do rather well.