The Day I Visited the Domus Sanctae Marthae

Domus Sanctae Marthae

“Why yes [eyelids fluttering], I’ve been to the Pope’s new home….”  And I’ve got photos!Here's how it happened:  Some years ago, I was leading a group of Catholic business leaders to Rome and almost to Poland.  (I say “almost” because I broke my foot on the cobblestones in Rome and had to fly home—and I will likely die without ever having visited the birthplace of Blessed JPII.)To help with the Poland portion of the trip, we enlisted a young Polish Dominican, Fr. Wojciech Giertych.  I had … [Read more...]

All the World’s a Stage

Who'd have thought that I'd love a commercial?!But this one has such grace, such nobility! Here is a British commercial for Google+. The ad features the voice of English film, television, and theatre actor Benedict Cumberbatch, whose acclaimed roles include Stephen Hawking in the BBC drama Hawking (2004) and William Pitt in the historical film Amazing Grace (2006).Cumberbatch is reading Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man.  … [Read more...]

HAIL, MARY, FULL OF GRACE: A New Look at the Annunciation

On March 25—exactly nine months before Christmas—the Catholic Church commemorates the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel appeared to a young Jewish girl and told her that God would like her to be the mother of the Savior.  “How can this be,” Mary responded, “since I know not man?”Contemporary artist John Collier tells the story of the Annunciation in a fresh way in this painting, which can be found in the narthex of St. Gabriel Catholic Church in McKinney, Texas.In Collier’s “Annunciati … [Read more...]