On the GOES

Crews transport NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-U) from the Astrotech Space Operations facility to the SpaceX hangar at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida beginning on Friday, June 14, 2024, with the operation finishing early Saturday, June 15, 2024. The fourth and final weather-observing and environmental monitoring satellite in NOAA’s GOES-R Series will assist meteorologists in providing advanced weather forecasting and warning capabilities. The two-hour window for liftoff opens 5:16 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 25, aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Saint John Fisher

Saint John Fisher’s name is usually associated with Saint Thomas More and their difficulty with King Henry VIII. A bishop and cardinal, John Fisher refused to agree with Henry’s divorce and remarriage, as well as the idea that the king, rather than the pope, was the head of the Church in England. He was imprisoned and eventually martyred.

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A Marriage Blessing Prayer: Prayer of the Day for Sunday, June 23, 2024

We thank you, O God,
for the Love You have implanted in our hearts.
May it always inspire us to be kind in our words,
considerate of feeling,
and concerned for each other’s needs and wishes.
Help us to be understanding and forgiving
of human weaknesses and failings.
Increase our faith and trust in You
and may Your Prudence guide our life and love.
Bless our Marriage O God,
with Peace and Happiness,
and make our love fruitful for Your glory
and our Joy both here and in eternity.

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Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga was a precocious child who had a spiritual awakening at the age of 7. As a young adult, and after a prolonged battle with his father, he entered the Jesuits where he had to learn to live and maneuver within community, and give up some of his independent ways of doing things. Aloysius helped nurse patients of the plague which he caught and from which he died.

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The Berlin of Christopher Isherwood

Anglo-American writer Christopher Isherwood lived in Berlin from 1929 to 1932 and observed first-hand the rise of the Nazis and the damage and terror inflicted on the famously tolerant city and its inhabitants. He drew from his journals that he kept from those years to write “Mr. Norris Changes Trains” (1935) and “Goodbye to Berlin” (1939), which would later be combined into an omnibus volume entitled “The Berlin Stories” (1945). Playful and powerful, Isherwood’s depiction of Berlin captured the imagination of later artists, whose work is also represented in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

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HuskyWorks During Rover Testing

“HuskyWorks,” a team from Michigan Technological University’s Planetary Surface Technology Development Lab, tests the excavation tools of a robot on a concrete slab, held by a gravity-offloading crane on June 12 at NASA’s Break the Ice Lunar Challenge at Alabama A&M’s Agribition Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Led by Professor Paul van Susante, the team aimed to mimic the conditions of the lunar South Pole, winning an invitation to use the thermal vacuum chambers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to continue robotic testing.

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moon, spacesuit, AIArt, space

In the vibrant style of Pop Art, a child in a spacesuit sits on a crescent moon, playfully engrossed with a pail and shovel. The scene bursts with bold, dynamic hues of red, yellow, and orange, creating a striking contrast against the dark void of space. The child’s spacesuit gleams with sharp, graphic lines, while the moon, depicted in a vivid, fiery orange, exudes a playful, surreal quality. In the background, Earth hovers like a colorful jewel in the sky, rendered in bright, contrasting colors that make it pop. The entire composition is infused with a sense of whimsy and modernity, capturing the imagination in a bold, eye-catching palette.

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Isaiah, prophet, Fauvism, visions, prophet of Israel, Book of Isaiah, wisdom

Isaiah, the prophet of Israel, is a figure shrouded in wisdom and reverence, often depicted with a long beard and a contemplative expression that reflects his profound connection to divine visions. His life and prophecies, chronicled in the Book of Isaiah, have made him one of the most significant prophets in the Hebrew Bible. His long, flowing beard symbolizes not only his age and wisdom but also his status as a seer who has been granted glimpses of the divine will. His eyes, often portrayed as deep and thoughtful, convey a sense of inner vision, as though he is perpetually seeing beyond the physical realm into the spiritual truths that he was chosen to reveal.

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Saint Romuald

Saint Romuald had the strange experience of being uncomfortably holy and asked to leave a monastery. When he tried to become a missionary, he was repeatedly hindered by an illness. Next he was falsely accused and excommunicated for a few months. But he didn’t give up.

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Hesperides and Ladon the Dragon, Boris Vallejo, Dragon, Hesperides, Ladon, van Gogh

Reimagining Boris Vallejo’s “Hesperides and Ladon the Dragon” in the style of Vincent van Gogh transforms the mythical scene into a vibrant and swirling masterpiece. The garden of the Hesperides becomes an explosion of high-contrast colors, with thick, expressive brushstrokes that bring the foliage and trees to life. The leaves and branches twist and turn with intense greens and deep blues, each stroke imbued with movement and energy. The golden apples, central to the myth, gleam with brilliant yellows and oranges, their radiance standing out starkly against the lush, chaotic background. Van Gogh’s dynamic use of color and texture infuses the scene with a sense of vitality and enchantment.

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In the Style of Pop Art - reimagine Bedroom in Arles' - By Vincent van Gogh -- using vibrant Color

Reimagining Vincent van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles” through the lens of Pop Art transforms the iconic scene into a vibrant, energetic tableau. The bedroom’s familiar elements— the bed, chairs, table, and wall decorations—are rendered in bold, flat planes of color that pop with intensity. The walls, instead of their original muted tones, blaze with bright, electric blues and yellows, creating a stark contrast that captures the viewer’s attention. The bed, with its simple wooden frame, is now a vivid red, standing out against the turquoise floor, its bedding in striking shades of neon pink and green. Each piece of furniture is outlined in black, a hallmark of Pop Art, emphasizing their forms and giving the room a graphic, almost cartoonish quality.

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Saint Joseph Cafasso

At a time when rigorist ideas were rampant in the seminaries of Italy, Saint Joseph Cafasso proved to be a moderate, leading the students to the best of Catholic thought without going to extremes. He also encouraged them to join the Secular Franciscans and develop a love for the Eucharist.

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Jesus, Good Shepherd, John Singer Sargent

In the style of John Singer Sargent, “Good Shepherd” becomes an evocative and vibrant portrayal of Jesus as the caring shepherd, brought to life with bold colors and masterful brushwork. Jesus stands at the center of the composition, his figure rendered with Sargent’s characteristic elegance and dynamism. His robe is a striking combination of deep reds and luminous whites, symbolizing both his sacrifice and purity. The folds of the fabric are painted with bold, sweeping strokes that give a sense of movement and life, as if gently swaying in a divine breeze. His face, illuminated with a serene and compassionate expression, radiates warmth and wisdom, his eyes conveying an infinite depth of love and understanding.

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Reimagining Vincent van Gogh’s “Cafe Terrace at Night” through the vivid and emotive style of Leonid Afremov transforms the scene into a kaleidoscope of psychedelic color. The bustling café, with its iconic yellow awning, becomes a radiant focal point, bathed in a spectrum of neon hues. The café’s structure is defined by bold, sweeping strokes of electric blues, vibrant pinks, and glowing oranges. These intense colors create a dynamic interplay of light and shadow, giving the impression that the entire scene is pulsating with life and energy. The night sky above, typically a deep, calming blue, is now a swirling mass of bright purples, greens, and reds, echoing Afremov’s signature technique of blending colors to convey emotion and movement.

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Prayer for Employment: Prayer of the Day for Monday, June 17, 2024

You govern your creation, O God,
and bring it to perfection by the work of our hands.
Hear the prayers of your people who ask for work
that will enhance their human dignity
and promote the upbuilding of your kingdom.
Enable them to provide for those confided to their care
either by family ties or by charity we owe to one another
for the betterment of human life.
We ask this blessing in the name of Jesus
who laboured with his own hands while he lived on earth.


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Benji, Puppy, Fauvism, #AIPrompt, Movie

In a Fauvist reimagining of Benji, the beloved mixed-breed dog leaps off the canvas in a riot of neon colors. His shaggy brown fur, now transformed into a dazzling array of bright pinks, electric blues, and vivid oranges, retains its endearing texture but is elevated to an almost fantastical level. The bold, non-naturalistic palette captures the whimsical spirit of Benji, emphasizing his playful and heartwarming nature. Every brushstroke is infused with energy, reflecting the dynamic and lively essence that made Benji a beloved figure in family films of the 1970s and 1980s.

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Antonio Vivaldi, Afremov, Baroque, violin, virtuosic

Envisioning Antonio Vivaldi through the vibrant and emotive lens of Leonid Afremov, the Baroque composer emerges in a dynamic swirl of teal hues. Vivaldi, of average height and lively demeanor, stands at the center of the composition, captured in a moment of spirited creativity. His figure is formed by bold, expressive strokes, each brushstroke pulsating with energy and rhythm akin to his virtuosic violin concertos. The shades of teal, ranging from deep turquoise to light aquamarine, flow across the canvas, infusing the scene with a sense of motion and musicality.

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Saint Albert Chmielowski

Saint Albert Chmielowski was a talented painter and a Secular Franciscan. In mid-life, he founded the Brothers of the Third Order of Saint Francis, Servants to the Poor, who worked with the poor and homeless. Known also as the Albertine Brothers, this community was renowned for depending completely on alms.

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Transfiguration, Jesus Christ , Moses, Elijah, Transfiguration of Jesus Christ

In the Style of Neoclassicism – recreate ‘The Transfiguration’ by Raphael – he upper half shows Jesus Christ floating above a cloud with Moses and Elijah on either side of him while in the lower half, Jesus’ disciples are reacting to the Transfiguration. Scholars view the painting as a depiction of the human experience of transformation and spiritual growth. The figure of Jesus Christ is shown as the light that shines above the disciples. — using bold Color

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