According to TMZ’s website, “Marilyn Monroe’s pearls from her last ever photo shoot could be sitting in your collection — the historic jewelry is hitting the auction block.

Marilyn wore faux pearl earrings and slipped on a faux pearl necklace for the photo spread — famously known as the “Last Sitting” — with legendary fashion photog Bert Stern… “The pearls are expected to bring in $50,000 for the earrings and $8k for the necklace.”  Imagine if they were real!   The online auction house Gotta Have Rock and Roll held the auction on July 22 with bids accepted from 9:00am – 9:00 pm.

In today’s gospel Jesus speaks about a real pearl that a wise merchant sold everything to buy it. He knew that the reward was worth any difficulties he experienced between when he bought and when he sold the pearl of great price.  The parable challenges us to think about the value we place on our relationship with God.

Early monks and mystics of Syria, Mesopotamia, and Persia came to be known as the Pearlers because they sought out, found, and shared spiritual pearls. One of the most notable is Saint Ephrem the Deacon (c. 306 – 373).  One of his many prayers can be found later in this post.

UPDATES: 
Please pray for two parishioners who whose funerals were celebrated this past Thursday (Doris Gallagher) and Friday (Libby Interdonato) — and their families.

No changes in Mass schedule, public Masses, and the use of hand sanitizer, face masks, and proper social distancing.

Bishop Mark Brennan will be here to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for, and with, our youth at a special 11:00 am Sunday Mass on August 23.  Only the candidates, their parents, and sponsors will be able to be inside the church. It will, however, be live-streamed on Facebook.  We will have an 8:30 am Mass on that Sunday August 23 to allow others to come to Mass on that Sunday.

There will be a Confirmation Practice on Saturday, August 22, at 11:00 am.

PEARLS from some PEARLERS:

From the moment you start praying, raise your heart upward and turn your eyes downward. Come to focus in your innermost self and there pray in secret to your Heavenly Father.

–Saint Aphrahat the Persian (270-345)

Just as dolphins float about on the calm stillness of the sea, so in the stillness of the sea within the heart that is free from anger and wrath, there are hidden mysteries and divine revelations ever stirring for its delight.

— Saint John the Venerable (Sixth Century)

Do not be foolish in the requests you make to God, otherwise you will insult God through your ignorance. Act wisely in prayer, so that you may become worthy of glorious things. Ask for things that are honorable from Him Who will not hold back, so that you may receive honor from Him as a result of the wise choice your free will had made. Solomon asked for wisdom and along with it he also received the earthly kingdom, for he knew how to ask wisely of the heavenly King, that is, for things that are important.

–Saint Isaac of Syria (Seventh Century)

POEM of the DAY:  
One Thing Alone I Crave

This One

I seek

the only One

do I desire

Rooted in One

is all

from the One

flows all

This is the very One

I seek

will have

only then

be filled

Unless I drink

this Spring

I thirst

for nowhere else sup I to be fulfilled

What or Who this One is

I may not say

can never feel

Nothing

more or less

is there to say

For the One is not simply in all

the One Being is over all

YOU are my GOD

holding me

within my very SELF.

— Dame Catherine Gascoigne (1600-1676)  English version by Stanbrook Abbey

PRAYER of the DAY:

Turned me towards your teaching,

for I sought to turn myself away,

but I saw that I was impoverishing myself,

because the soul can only be rich

through commerce with you . . .

Whenever I have meditated on you

I have received from you a treasure;

and wherever I have contemplated you

a spring has flowed from you,

and I have drawn as much as I was able . . .

Your spring, oh Lord, is hidden

from anyone who does not thirst for you;

and your treasure room is empty

for anyone who hates you;

love is the treasurer of your celestial treasure.

When I withdraw from your company,

your beauty arouses my desire;

and when I am in the presence of your majesty,

your glory fills me with fear;

whether I withdrawal or approach,

I am conquered in every way . . .

I meditated, and I spoke of you,

without comprehending you;

then I was overcome, and I fell silent,

without losing you;

I became lost in you, and speechless.

Glory to you, hidden Being

Saint Ephrem  (c. 306 – 373)

DID YOU KNOW?

On this day in 1932, Fred Duesenberg, co-founder of the Duesenberg Car Company died.   Some mistakenly believe the word “doozy” comes from the magnificent luxury cars his company manufactured.  Alas, the word was already in use before then.

On this day in 1951, Walt Disney’s 13th animated film, Alice in Wonderland, premieres in London, England, United Kingdom.  Kathryn Beaumont (Alice) is the voice of another famous Disney character (Wendy from Peter Pan).

Pearls are the Only Gemstone to Come from a Living Creature.  The World’s Most Expensive Pearl is Valued at $100 Million.  Measuring in at 26 inches long and weighing nearly 75 pounds, it is the largest pearl that is known to exist.

FOR FUN:

Why didn’t the oyster share her pearl?

She was shellfish.

The perfect comeback to someone who holds open a door for you to enter and says, “Age before beauty,” is the biblically inspired “Pearls before swine.”

A woman was taking an afternoon nap. When she woke up, she phoned her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace. What do you think it means?” “You’ll know tonight,” he said. That evening, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it to find a book entitled “The Meaning of Dreams.”

PEARLS OF WISDOM:

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.

Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.

An optimist thinks that this is the best possible world. A pessimist fears that this is true.

People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them that Benjamin Franklin said it first.

I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it.

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.