Today’s Google Doodle Honors Sister Corita Kent

Google Doodle honoring the work of Sister Corita Kent

I almost missed this!  Today's Google Doodle honors Sister Corita Kent, the IHM sister whose artwork, with its messages of love and peace, was plastered all over my dorm room at the University of Michigan in the early '70s.I think my favorite--which I no longer have, but which is in mothball storage somewhere in my brain--wasBut there's so much in her work that's just so good.    … [Read more...]

A Stained Glass Window That’s a Real Conversation Starter

Stained glass - casting lots

What is this?  I know that this window is in a Catholic church, but I don't know where it's located.  Over on Reddit, someone reported that they'd seen it when attending a Catholic wedding, and asked what it means. Some astute commenters thought that it illustrates John 19:23, which refers to the soldiers who cast lots for Jesus' garment: Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was se … [Read more...]

The Madonna of the Candelabra

Madonna of the Candelabra stamp

Back in 2011, the U.S. Postal Service issued a Christmas stamp titled "Madonna of the Candelabra."  The stamp, which is still available for purchase today, is sold in books of 20 self-adhesive "Forever" stamps.  It features Mary and the Christ Child, with a lantern behind them.The stamp may have shown up on cards and letters in your mailbox; but you may not be aware that the image was edited to fit the standard size postage stamp, and that in editing for size, the USPS omitted some of the … [Read more...]