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By Bluebell in Theresian Newsletter13 commentsHello CHers, one and all! Welcome to our Theresian Telephone, where @Elleigh goes out of town while I go insane! :D We got a couple new sections this month, they're very fun! And take your last look at the headers, we'll be giving them brand new names next month if everything goes according to plan!
A hearty Carmelite welcome to @Rita , @Emily Marquez, @Teri Marquez., @ReyofSunshine, @Quinta, and @greyfox! We're so happy to have you!
Hello it's @Rita filling in for the news, temporarily!
Check out our monthly Art and Photography contests!
Don't forget to go vote for naming the newsletter selections! Part 1 is Here. Part 2 is Here.
if you want to join our Theresian camera trend check out This topic!
The book of the month discussion topic is Here .
I hope you enjoyed reading!
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Brought to you by @Starrydancer
Hello everyone! Welcome back to Into the Spotlight! Today's Theresian in the spotlight is @redrocket!
When did you join the Theresian house?
It was March 11, 2023.
What made you want to join Theresian house?
The Theresian house’s traits seemed to fit me best. I love to write stories and draw sometimes, so the adjectives “artistic” and “creative” describe me pretty well.
What is your favorite part of Theresian house?
I’m still rather new to the house to have a favorite, but I think the gallery is very nice. There are a lot of pretty images shared, and there is a great variety of things to see.
Have you ever been in any other house?
Nope. This is my first house.
Any words to those considering joining the Theresian house?
Well, if you’re someone who has a knack for writing, sewing, sketching, or anything creative or artistic, then the Theresian house is probably for you! There are a lot of other members who share your interests and might like to get to know you and see your work!
Both submissions written by @Princess Aster!
The Academy ~ Part 2
by Solana O.
And now for poetry!
My thoughts have been running for hours
I can't trip them up
She tries to drown their voices with the music
Still, they haunt her.
We're both trying our best
But, the words are slipping from our minds
I think I'm falling
Catch me if you can
Hello! This is my picture of... the mooooon! I titled it... The Moon.
Photography Fun ~ The Night Sky
Thaaaaaat's right, today we're going to talk about shooting the night sky, like stars or the moon! Disclaimer here, I'm not experienced with this (I only started getting into this a couple weeks ago) so most of this will be based off of research.
Now, what's one thing that you learned from earth science class? That the stars and planets are always moving! Didn't think that affected photography, huh? Yeah, neither did I. Which is whyyyyy you need to use your shutter speed! You can set it manually with your camera. Some cameras, like my own, also have night sky setting, which automatically sets the shutter speed for you. If you can't do that, try to find a setting that does rapid fire shots, sometimes you'll have a night sky setting that has that built in too. Don't forget, tripods/steady hands are VERY important when you take photos of stars.
You'll also need to adjust your aperture (basically the opening of the camera lens). If you're taking a picture of the moon, the less full it is, the narrower you want your aperture to be. Your ISO (the sensitivity of the cameras focus) should be set higher. If you want to take pictures of anything in the night sky, your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO are things you can adjust depending on your preference and your circumstances.
If you want to get the background in the photo, it would be best to make it a silhouette, such as trees, buildings, power lines, etc. I recently tried to get the clouds around my photo, and I found out it's very hard to get it because the camera goes from focusing on the clouds and the moon. (If you've read this far, post a star emoji ⭐️) Unlike what I originally thought, I had to wait quite a bit for the clouds to pass by and clear in certain areas to get this shot.
Constellations and different star formations are very hard to get, but with enough practice and changing the settings right, you can do it! The first time I went out, I got this photo of Orion. As you can see, it's not very noticeable! But I was really excited at the time because it was the first photo I got where you could actually see stars. XD So if it doesn't work out when you first go out, don't be discouraged! For me, the stars have been the most challenging thing to photograph.
Hope you found this helpful!
@Paul Garcia won last month's (April) Photography Contest! The theme was Easter. He took this beautiful photo.
By @Rina Maria
And a complementary meme by @Bluebell
American fotoplayer was introduced in 1912 and was developed by the American Fotoplayer Company. This musical instrument is a type of player piano that was especially developed to provide sound effects for silent movies during the early 19th century.
Top ten songs of the 1960s
HE’LL HAVE TO GO by Jim Reeves
THEME FROM “A SUMMER PLACE” by Percy Faith
IT’S NOW OR NEVER
EL PASO by Marty Robbins
RUNNING BEAR by Johnny Preston
EVERYBODY’S SOMEBODY’S FOOL by Connie Francis
GREENFIELDS by The Brothers Four
MY HEART HAS A MIND OF ITS OWN by Connie Francis
The Lion King is the highest-grossing Broadway musical of all time.
Since its opening on Nov. 13, 1997, The Lion King has earned $1,539,318,552 and counting. The average ticket price is $104.29, and the top ticket price is $251.25. So far, there have been 8,793+ performances of The Lion King, and it’s drawn raves from publications including The New York Times, which said, “There is simply nothing else like it.” It has earned 70 major theater awards internationally and is the third-longest-running Broadway show of all time.
By @The Horse Enthusiast
Hello there! Welcome to the sub section of the music section. This section is completely dedicated to song writing. I will share my original songs I have written as well as songs written by members of the Theresian House. Following are questions to me about songwriting as well as the most recent song I’ve written.
1.Why do you like song writing?
I love expressing stories, lessons, and to inspire people through the lyrics of a song.
2. How do you usually write a song?
Sometimes I’ll get an idea and I have to find time to sit and write it. Other times I’ll come up with a whole song or just part of a song completely in my head.
3.What inspired you in this particular song?
It was my passion for figure skating.
Gliding in Freedom
Thanks for reading! God bless!
Alrighty, this month I’ll be telling you how to do a simple French and Dutch braid. These are the BASICS of hairstyling and every girl should know how to do them. So let’s get started!
1. Pick up three strands of hair.
2. Now you need to normal braid these pieces a tiny bit.
3. Cross the next outside piece over. Now grab another section of hair from that side and add in with the piece that you crossed over.
4. Now cross over the next outside piece, and add in a new section of hair.
6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 until you run out of hair to add in. Then just regular braid the three pieces the rest of the way down.
Now, Dutch braiding is just like French Braiding, except instead of crossing the outside pieces over the middle piece, you cross them under the middle piece. You’re basically braiding backwards. It’s as simple as that. This is what Dutch braid looks like.
That’s all for today! I hope that this tutorial helps someone to learn to French and Dutch braid!
G’day folks! I took over the art section this month on relatively short notice, so bear with me on this one!
This month I’ll be showing you a few simple fonts for HAND LETTERING!
I. Balloon Letters
1. Write your letter with a pencil. Any letter, uppercase or lowercase. 2. Use a pen to trace around the letter. Not over, around. Make sure that all of your angles/corners are rounded. 3. Erase the pencil and add in the little shine mark in the upper left part of the letter. This is absolutely necessary, since this gives the letters the balloony effect. (So what if balloony isn’t a word?) Now you’re done! When using these letters on birthday card, it would be neat to add strings to all of them, and make it look like a Bunch of balloons.
II. Highlighter Letters
For these letters you’ll need a highlighter or other wide tipped marker.
1. With the wide tipped marker, draw the leftmost leg of your letter. 2. Using a black pen, trace around the edges of the leg, and finish the rest of the letter. Voila!
III. Cursive Outline Letters
For these letters, your going to need a wide tipped marker that makes your writing slightly resemble calligraphy.
1. Write your letter using such a marker. 2. Using a black pen, trace the edge of the letter keeping to the top and left edge the whole time. The diagram will be a big help with this one.
IV. Interesting Letters
This is the best name that I could come with for these letters, lol! It’s kinda hard to describe how to write these, because they’re all a little bit different. I would rely on the diagram for this one. It is pretty cool looking!
I hope that you all enjoyed this tutorial! I encourage y’all to look more into hand lettering because it is a really fun form of art!
@Trust_in_You_1931 won the March contest, fitting the theme Seasons!
Hey everyone! Welcome to a new section in the Theresian Newsletter! It will be all about flowers! The official name will come next issue. Enjoy, and please leave feedback! :)
Order ~ Liliales
Meaning & Symbolism ~ Purity, chastity, innocence, and rebirth
Other facts ~ Lilies were discovered in Crete. They symbolize the Blessed Virgin's purity. In a funeral, they symbolize the soul's restored innocence after death. They're known as the May birth flower, and the 30th wedding anniversary flower.
Where they grow best ~ Lilies do best with full sunlight. They do well in rich, moist soil, and well-drained. Lily bulbs can be planted in fall or early spring.
There are a few common types of lilies. The one best suited for this issue is the Easter lily, which is very elegant and white.
The next most popular kind would be tiger lilies! Vibrant orange with yellow insides. Often they will be speckled.
Another is the wood lily.
In all, there are over 100 different types of lily species! The best way to recognize one is by their six petals.
THE SAINTLY SPOT
Saint Damien of Molokai: The Leper Priest
Feast Day: May 10th
In the harsh winter cold of January, 1840, the Veuster family welcomed their seventh child into their family, counting the boy as a blessing from God despite the hardships another mouth to feed would surely bring. Born into a poor farming family in rural Belgium, the little Joseph was well-acquainted with struggle and was no stranger to hard work. After receiving a limited education, Joseph left school at the age of 13, instead devoting his time to providing for his siblings and parents on the farm. Determined that his son would not be a starving peasant like his father before him, Joannes de Veuster gathered what little funds he had saved away and enrolled Joseph in college Braine-le-Comte. Rather than becoming interested in commerce as his father desired, Joseph abandoned his studies and fell deeper in love with God, swearing to fulfill his vocation in the priesthood. In 1858, Joseph entered the novitiate of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, taking the first step in his deep desire to become a priest.
From that moment onward, Joseph de Veuster was no longer. In his place was Damien, a man who, despite his illiteracy, was as devoted to Christ and His Mother as any angel in the courts of Heaven. With the help of his brother, Father Pamphile, Damien was able to overcome his education setbacks and progress in his schooling, the only obstacle blocking his ordination. It was then that the first major step in Damien’s life occurred: he was sent to Hawaii as a missionary, a private prayer of his soul that he never hoped to be fulfilled. Taking the place of his ailing brother, Damien journeyed to Honolulu to minister to the Hawaiian people. Only a short time after his arrival in Hawaii, the second wish of Damien’s heart was granted and he was ordained to the priesthood in 1864, finally allowing him to sacrifice his beloved Savior on the altar.
At the time, Hansen’s Disease – better known as leprosy – was practically unresearched and entirely untreatable. Rather than risking any form of contamination, the Hawaiian government condemned anyone even suspected of having the disease to the neighboring island of Molokai, where they were left abandoned with minimal food or resources. The tragic lives of these people were of great concern to the missionary priests of Honolulu, but unless a priest was willing to be separated from the world and accept the death sentence of Molokai, the lepers must remain alone. Despite the dangers of going to Molokai, Damien, along with three other chaplains, volunteered to leave their homes and travel to Molokai. To his great pleasure, Damien was chosen to reside on the “Island of Death” and spend the rest of his days ministering to the children of God who needed it most.
Although the island of Molokai was an extraordinary haven of natural beauty, the suffering lepers who were condemned to die in that place were blind to its loveliness. To them, it was nothing more than a prison that bound them, body and soul, to a life of horrendous torture. It was to these broken people that Damien was sent to minister. Over the course of several years, Damien integrated himself into the leper community, learning their language and becoming a father to every single one of the lepers. These desolate souls, who had been bereft of human kindness and tenderness for so long, cherished the love of their gentle shepherd beyond all else. Damien’s unconditional Christ-like charity transformed the broken lepers into people who recognized their mortality and the value of their immortal souls. He not only provided for their temporal needs, but nourished their souls as well. From building houses to nursing the sick, celebrating Mass to feeding an invalid, Father Damien was the comfort of the lepers in every manner.
Tragically, in 1884, after over fifteen years on Molokai, Father Damien himself contracted the dreaded disease. Leprosy, which had at first been terrifying and repulsive to him, was now a blessing. Damien accepted his cross with grace, seeing it as a gift from the Lord and a chance to be even more closely united to his beloved lepers. Damien’s dark night of the soul, which had so long afflicted him in his separation from other priests, was now silenced by the great privilege of having a cross to bear. Rather than ending his life in peace and solitude, Damien spent his final years working even harder for the lepers of Molokai. Through his endeavors, Molokai was given proper housing, schools, a church, an orphanage, and even a religious order of Sisters to minister to his people. These Franciscan Sisters of Syracuse were a sweet balm to the dying Damien, giving him peace in the knowledge that his lepers would be provided for after his death. It was because of Damien’s courage and fortitude that the knowledge of Hansen’s Disease was spread throughout the world, sparking activism and scientific research on the causes, cures, and prevention of the hated leprosy.
On the fifteenth of April, 1889, the soul of Father Damien passed from this life to the next, united at last with the Divine Physician he cherished so dearly. His life was an eternal testimony of unrivaled courage and compassion modeled after the life of Jesus Christ, the epitome of all virtue. Following in the footsteps of his Heavenly King, Damien laid down his life for his sheep, devoting every fragment of himself to the lepers who had been cut off from humanity. To the Hawaiian people, although this man was not one of their own, he is beloved beyond measure for his self-sacrifice and the role he played in the salvation of the Molokai lepers. May we always follow the example of this noble man who was unafraid to sacrifice his life for the “least of my brethren” (Saint Matthew 25:40) in imitation of Our Lord.
Saint Damien of Molokai, the patron of lepers, ora pro nobis!
Thank you so much for reading, we hope you enjoyed it and stay tuned for our next one in the following month! Happy Easter, once again! St. Teresa of Avila and St. Thérèse of Lisieux, pray for us!
With love from the Carmelite Contributors: @Elleigh, @Cath, @Starrydancer, @Princess Aster, @Rina Maria, @Theresa, @CatholicIrishDancer, @Floribunda, @The Horse Enthusiast, @Abby Cat, @ellieviola , @HallieMae , @Rita & The Theresian House!
By Bernadette20 in 𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔚𝔬𝔩𝔣'𝔰 ℌ𝔬𝔴𝔩6 comments~ 𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔚𝔬𝔩𝔣'𝔰 ℌ𝔬𝔴𝔩 ~
Brought to you by Bernadette20 and the Howlers
Welcome Benedictines and other CHers to the fifth issue of The Wolf’s Howl! We have decided to use Mary for our theme of this issue to celebrate May, the Month of Mary. We hope you’ll enjoy it!
Attention house leaders, howlers, and all Benedictines, the time has come that I (@Bernadette20) need to find a co-editor. The co-editor will take over The Wolf’s Howl when I enter my grace period (which could be in two months at least)
The requirements/skills needed…
1) you have to be strict (I've been told I am not strict enough XD)
2) you have to have google docs
3) you have to have good time management skills
4) you cannot be a procrastinator (or at least not be an excessive procrastinator)
5) you need to be able to remind yourself to send out reminders, so that you can get the paper posted in time
If you would like to become the co-editor, please submit your applications via pm.
Once you submit your application I will give you different little tests, whoever passes will be co-editor!
𝐖𝐞𝐥𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬
Welcome or welcome back to the wolf pack @Floribunda, @Revali, @Holy Hand Grenade, @Cinnabunny, and @JacobNumbers!!
The month of May is Our Ladys month. In light of this, I will be writing about a very special animal.. well beetle.
THE ONE…. THE ONLY
Ladybugs, or also known as lady beetles, are in the order called Coleoptera meaning ‘sheath wings’. Coleoptera are insects with hardened wings that cover their bodies. The scientific name for a ladybug is Coccinellidae, coc-si-nel-e-dee. Ladybugs are typically small, round or oval-shaped beetles. They have bright and colorful patterns on their wings, with the most common species being red or orange with black spots. Ladybugs undergo a complete metamorphosis, starting as eggs that hatch into larvae known as "aphid lions." These larvae have elongated bodies with spines or bristles, making them distinct from their adult counterparts. After the pupal stage, adult ladybugs emerge with fully developed wings.
When it comes to their diet, ladybugs are voracious predators and play a crucial role in natural pest control. They are known for their appetite for aphids, which are notorious plant pests. Ladybugs also feed on other soft-bodied insects such as scale insects, mites, and mealybugs. Their diet consists mainly of plant pests, and by consuming these insects, ladybugs help to keep their populations in check. This natural form of pest control makes ladybugs highly beneficial in agriculture and gardening, as they assist in maintaining the health and balance of ecosystems.
Furthermore, ladybugs have a fascinating defense mechanism that adds to their allure. When threatened or disturbed, ladybugs are capable of secreting a yellowish liquid from their leg joints. This liquid, known as reflex blood or hemolymph, contains toxic compounds that act as a deterrent to predators. The foul smell and taste of this liquid serve as a warning to potential attackers, ensuring the ladybug's survival. This defense mechanism, combined with their bright colors, acts as a form of aposematism, warning predators of their unpalatability.
Ladybugs are often associated with the Virgin Mary. European crops, during the middle ages, were plagued with pests. The farmers prayed to Mary, and soon the farmers started seeing these beetles in their crops. The beetles miraculously saved the farmers' crops. The farmers named these beetles lady beetles. The red color represents Mary's cloak, and the 7 black spots represent her seven sorrows. In some religious iconography, ladybugs are depicted alongside the Virgin Mary, symbolizing her protection and grace.
Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence."
- Saint Francis de Sales~
“To succeed in your intentions, entrust yourselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary always, but especially in moments of difficulty and darkness. ‘From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s will in things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ, her Son and the Son of God…Learn from her to be always faithful, to trust that God’s Word to you will be fulfilled, and that nothing is impossible with God.’”
- St. John Paul II~
"From Mary we learn to surrender to God's Will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God!"
~Saint Pope John Paul II~
"Seek refuge in Mary because she is the city of refuge. We know that Moses set up three cities of refuge for anyone who inadvertently killed his neighbor. Now the Lord has established a refuge of mercy, Mary, even for those who deliberately commit evil. Mary provides shelter and strength for the sinner."
~ St. Anthony of Padua~
𝐏𝐉𝐬 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐱𝐭
Ladies and gentlemen
we have got the beetle 😎
the only reason I even realized: “Phat Gus.”
I have no idea what it means, but I find it peculiar.
this is weird
thanks! See you in June!
𝐅𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐃𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡
w Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 18 1 Saint Joseph the Worker [Optional] 2 Saint Athanasius, bishop and doctor [Memorial] 3 Saint Philip, apostle [Feast] Saint James, apostle [Feast] Exaltation of the Holy Cross  4 Saint Marie-Léonie Paradis  Saints Philip and James  5 6 Saint Francois de Laval  18 7 8 Our Lady of Luján, Patroness of Argentina  Blessed Catherine of Saint Augustine  9 10 Saint Damien de Veuster, priest  11 12 Saints Nereus and Achilleus, martyrs [Optional] Saint Pancras, martyr [Optional] 13 Our Lady of Fatima [Optional] 19 14 Saint Matthias the Apostle [Feast] 15 Saint Isidore the Laborer  Saint Isidore (the Farmer)  16 Saint Luigi Orione, Priest  17 18 Saint John I, pope and martyr [Optional] Ascension of the Lord [Solemnity] 19 20 Saint Bernardine of Siena, priest [Optional] 20 21 Saint Christopher Magallanes and companions, martyrs [Optional] Saint Eugene de Mazenod  22 Saint Rita of Cascia [Optional] 23 24 Mary, Help of Christians  Blessed Louis-Zephirin Moreau  25 Saint Bede the Venerable, priest and doctor [Optional] Saint Gregory VII, pope [Optional] Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, virgin [Optional] 26 Saint Philip Neri, priest [Memorial] 27 Saint Augustine (Austin) of Canterbury, bishop [Optional] 21 28 Pentecost [Solemnity] 29 Mary, Mother of the Church  30 31 Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary [Feast]
𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐛𝐲 𝐅𝐥𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐨𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐧
Easily known by their distinctive curved beaks, bright plumage and long necks, flamingoes are quite a favorite of mine. Their variation of color, ranging from a dark orangey pink to even light pink or white depends entirely on the availability of their food, which consists often of microscopic algae or tiny plants and animals, depending on the species. Flamingoes are typically found in the tropics and subtropics, usually around shallow bodies of water. They seem to prefer brackish and salt water. They are often found in conditions of extreme salinity or alkalinity and are extremely tolerant of changes in temperature. They live in many parts of the world, even where few other animals can survive. Their downturned beaks are specialized for filtering their food out of the water, and actually do not function as normal bird beaks do. The upper half of the beak moves while the jaw is immovable. Within the flamingoes beak, there are rows of plates called lamellae, which are used to filter out the flamingoes food out of the water. Flamingoes are very social birds, living in flocks with about 200,000 breeding pairs. The lesser flamingo is the most social of the flamingoes with colonies of over a million birds. The greater flamingo, pheonicopterus ruber, is a personal favorite of mine and is largest of the flamingo species. It has a height of around 5 feet while weighing up to 8 pounds. Other flamingo species are typically shorter, around 3 feet in height. Flamingoes will often only lay one egg at a time, which are protected by conical mud nests. Often the young flamingoes will form large groups of around 300,000, depending on the species, and will be guarded by an unrelated adult. They have closely knit and amazingly united communities, the beauty of which is shown in their massive synchronized courting dances.
Welcome to crafts!! I love giving flowers to Our Lady, so today I will be teaching you how to make pressed flowers. In the next issue I will be teaching you a couple different things to do with your pressed flowers, because your flowers should be done by then.
To start you want to find one of your old, big, heavy books that Seton has made you read. I used my algebra, biology, and geography textbooks
once you have your book, open it towards the back. You want to fold four rectangles of paper towel and place it in the book like so:
Know you want to place your flowers on the paper towel. *DISCLAIMER* I demenstrated this part wrong, make sure your flower(s) is upside down!
now take four more paper towels, fold 'em, place them on top of the flower(s)
It is time to slam the book shut! You want to make sure the book shuts as much as possible, so you will have to sit on the book to make sure that it is. Now that the flower is smushed, put another heavy book or two on top, this will make the prosses faster.
Every other week you will want to move your flower(s) around to make sure they don't get stuck to the paper towel.
the flowers are done when they have a cardboard feel to them and are as thin as paper, this could take 2-6 weeks.
These are the ones I made:
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐈𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐞
@albie, @AltarBoy, @Bookworm13, and @Dangerous_Wolf
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