Reading Between the Lines: The See-Through Church

See through church - first

When people call for “greater transparency” in the Church, I don't think this is what they had in mind!In the in the town of Borgloon, 50 miles east of Brussels, Belgium, there stands a “see-through church” complete with its own see-through steeple.But this structure is not really intended for corporate worship:  It’s part of the Z-OUT project of Z33, an ambitious long-term project to construct art in public spaces.  Z33, a center for contemporary art based in Hasselt, Belgium, plans … [Read more...]

New Years Trivia: What’s Really Happening at One Times Square


Tonight the eyes of millions will be on this spot:  the iconic One Times Square. That’s the spot at the intersection of Broadway, Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan, where a sailor grabbed a passing nurse for a kiss at the end of World War II.It’s the Midtown corner where thousands of tourists and revelers gather each year on New Year’s Eve to watch the ball drop.The façade of the slim 25-story building is a concrete and marble canvas for some of the flashiest neo … [Read more...]

The Abbey of St. Gall and the Flying Cathedral

The Flying Cathedral

From Switzerland, some eye candy for mid-December:The Abbey of St. Gall, founded by St. Othmar on the spot where St. Gall had his hermitage, contains one of the richest medieval libraries in the world.  The interior of the cathedral is one of Europe’s most important baroque monuments, in the Rococo style with carved polished wood, stucco and an elaborately painted ceiling.  Since 1983 it’s been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Among the most valuable documents in the library’s collection is a … [Read more...]