The 54-Day Rosary Novena

Madonna in Prayer by Sassoferrato, c1640-50

If you just want the text of the devotion without my commentary, go here. I have little patience for “never-fail” devotions. In fact, I think they’re superstitious and presumptuous, and thus deeply offensive. God is not a gumball machine and prayer is not the coin you turn in the slot to make your desire come [Read More...]

Tanner’s Annunciation

The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner 1896

Today is the 153rd birthday of Henry Ossawa Tanner, the great American artist who painted my favorite depiction of the annunciation: Mary is depicted as a young, humble Jewish girl encountering the Holy Spirit as light. Her expression is a mixture of fear, wisdom, understanding, and resignation. I don’t see joy in Tanner’s Mary: I see girl [Read More...]

Behold! The Lego Rosary

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Posted at MementoMoose on Etsy. And don’t forget that Lego does Advent calenders in both Regular and Star Wars flavors, with a small self-contained thing for each day. (I have seen these Advent calendars sell out, so if you really want one don’t wait until December.) [Read more...]


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