GOD OF MARY AND JOSEPH, of shepherds and animals,bless us whenever we gaze on this manger scene.Through all the days of Christmas, may these figures tell the storyof how humans, angels, and animals found the Christin this poor place.FILL OUR HOUSE with hospitality, joy, gentleness, and thanksgiving,and guide our steps in the way of peace.GRANT THIS THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD.  AMEN. … [Read more...]

DON'T STOP BELIEVING: Detroit – a Metaphysical City

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GILDING THE LILY: Milan's Duomo Has New Lights!

What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful! A very world of solid weight, and yet it seems ...a delusion of frostwork that might vanish with a breath!... --Mark Twain, commenting on the Duomo in “Innocents Abroad.”I just read that the Duomo in Milan—one of Italy’s most beautiful structures—is showing off during this Christmas season with new lights. On December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, as Milanese Mayor Letizia Moratti and th … [Read more...]