Abiding Faith, Enduring Witness: The Art of Norman Rockwell

Rockwell - Saying Grace

Today one of Norman Rockwell’s best loved paintings, Saying Grace, sold in auction for a record $145 million.Until today, the highest price ever paid for an American painting was $27.7 million, the 1999 selling price for George Bellows’ “Polo Crowd”.  Rockwell’s own previous auction record was $15.4 million for “Breaking Home Ties”, which sold in 2006.Saying Grace was first published as the cover art on the Saturday Evening Post on November 24, 1951.  It was characteristic of Rockwell’s w … [Read more...]

Can It Be True? Can St. Josaphat’s Steeple Be Saved?

St. Josaphat - steeple

Last month, a storm passed through Metropolitan Detroit—downing power lines, ripping branches off of trees, and causing serious damage to the iconic steeple at Detroit’s historic St. Josaphat Catholic Church.I wrote about it then, assuming the worst:  that although shingles could be replaced, the spire had sustained such critical damage that the lurching, twisted steeple would be torn down, sounding a death knell for the aging parish.NOT SO FAST!A campaign has been launched to save an … [Read more...]

Syrian Nuns Kidnapped; Pope Francis Calls for Prayer

Syrian nun kidnapped

Pope Francis, at the end of his General Audience on Wednesday, December 4, called on everyone to pray for a group of Syrian nuns who were kidnapped from the Monastery of Saint Tecla, a Greek Orthodox monastery near the ancient Christian town of Ma’lula, about 35 miles north of Damascus.I told the story over at the Kresta in the Afternoon blog.  The Holy Father said,“Now I would like to invite everyone to pray for the religious sisters of the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Saint Tecla i … [Read more...]