A Catholic bug

It’s good to know things like this. Perhaps this will heighten our appreciation for these bugs!

Q. How did the ladybug get its name?

A. In Europe, during the Middle Ages, insects were destroying the crops, so the Catholic farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon the Ladybugs came, ate the plant-destroying pests and saved the crops! The farmers began calling the ladybugs “The Beetles of Our Lady”, and they eventually became known as “Lady Beetles”! The red wings represented the Virgin’s cloak and the black spots represented her joys and sorrows. They didn’t differentiate between males and females.

Thanks to Teresa’s blog for alerting me of this important information.


Good links

Picture of a Catholic girl in Iraq praying – a beautiful photo

What does each state do best? – for us, it’s limestone

Very Religious Americans Lead Healthier Lives – a new Gallup poll

7 Billion, National Geographic Magazine – interesting stats

The Daily Gift and Reminder: The Habit of Witness – another article that testifies to the importance of the religious habit

An upcoming film about a Catholic priest during the “Rape of Nanjing”

Read the Bible in a year – a good schedule

Quote of the day – important note regarding liturgical abuse

Cool links to check out

Some cool links, all but the first found on the First Thoughts blog, v25 of “33 things”:

  1. The rabbi at the Chabad House, the IU Jewish Student Center, says that a rock thrown threw the window of the center’s sanctuary in an act of vandalism will become the foundation of a menorah base to be used come Hanukkah.
  2. There’s a way to check and see if an email address is real or not.
  3. A neat list of “shocking historical beliefs and practices” is here.
  4. Check this list of the ten most insane roller coasters.
  5. Ten rules for writers
  6. April 11, 1954 has been dubbed the most boring day in the 20th century
  7. Oxygen has been found on Saturn’s moon Rhea
  8. Study: Internet Turns Kids Into Terrible Spellers