Dorothy Day as Dostoyevsky character (from her letters)

October 10, 1960: ...One of the things which bothers me mightily is the bitterness and criticism of angry young men. Do pray for them and all such. Sometimes I try to tell myself, finding myself too critical, "they are prophets crying out in this time." But there are too many of them. Around a place like the Catholic Worker there are always too many, too much of the rebellious spirit. From the last year we have had with us a youngish woman, brilliant mentally, but destructive in all her … [Read more...]

“Saint Nicholas of Myra Saves Three Innocents from Death”

Ho, ho, ho! (Link via TKB.) … [Read more...]

Hidden gem in Hartford: the Wadsworth Athenaeum

Before the storm hit, Ratty and I visited the Wadsworth Athenaeum, a really terrific art museum in Hartford, CT. The selection is great: Dali, Degas, Chagall, an unusual Munch landscape, a fun painting of "Gossiping Women" by none other than Goya, etc. There are little delights like a porphyry bathtub from ancient Rome, an ostrich ewer made from an ostrich egg, and for some reason a stuffed gar. There are depictions of scenes and people I'm not sure I've seen before in art: a statue of Sappho, … [Read more...]

“St. Francis Borgia and the Dying Impenitent”

Got that in with forty minutes left in his feast day! Looks awful at this size though, sorry. Anyway this is Goya and yes, the subject was one of the Borgias. Every family's got its embarrassing relative.... … [Read more...]

“Six Saints with Superpowers Straight from the Marvel Universe”

"Though we think the real unsung hero of this story was his audience. If he was preaching the whole time he was walking around headless, then somebody was presumably listening. We have enormous respect for anyone who sees a headless guy walking toward them with blood spurting from a ragged neck stump, carrying a head that is offering them an inspirational message of salvation, and is able to actually listen to and absorb what the head is saying." Cracked, so the usual warnings apply.And … [Read more...]

Bernini’s St. Lawrence

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From Raymond J. Nogar, “The Lord of the Absurd”

Father Teilhard’s vision [of order and beauty in the cosmos] seems to have all the qualities of the old myth of the eternal return, in which history is really incidental and novelty is, at bottom, only apparent. In his cosmic order, even Christ the Lord of history finds His “place” at the center, and the contradiction of the Cross is quite logical and expected. In that world, there is no terror, no trickery, no trouble…. The God of the strange world of Father Teilhard is not the one I have come t … [Read more...]


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