St. Raphael: An Angel with Many Hats?

On September 29, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the three Archangels who have been venerated throughout the history of the Church:Michael (from the Hebrew Who Is Like God?), who defends the friends of God against Satan and all his evil angels; Gabriel (the Power of God), chosen by the Creator to announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation; and Raphael (the Medicine of God or God Heals), the archangel who, in the book of Tobit, takes care of Tobias on his … [Read more...]

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The Old Testament Trinity

This Sunday, the Catholic Church (and many other denominations) celebrate Trinity Sunday.You’ve seen artists’ renditions of the Trinity: At Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan, there’s the Son of God in the water, God the Father in the clouds, and the third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, hovering like a dove above Jesus’ head. Or sometimes, you see them on the clouds in heaven: The Son and the Father sitting side by side, enthroned; and the Holy Spirit depicted as a dove between their heads … [Read more...]

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A New Look at the Annunciation

Hail Mary, full of grace.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 … [Read more...]

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